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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW)-- The owners of two pit bulls that attacked a group of llamas have been punished.
The dogs' owners now face multiple fines, after authorities say the pit bulls killed two llamas in a neighboring pen. A third had to be put down because of its injuries.
"We can only do what state laws tells us we can do and right now each owner is receiving three citations a piece," said Sgt. James Pozniak with the Portage County sheriff's department. He is the police liaison for the Humane Society of Portage County.
Authorities said Aaron and Darlene Trelka have both been issued three citations for failure to license a dog, animal running at large and animal causing damage. The fines run around $169 dollars each.
The Trelka's had no comment.
Sgt. Pozniak said the Trelka's have also been banned from having any dogs on their property for the next three years. If dogs are found, they could face more fines.
Authorities said they're concerned because of the brutality of the attack. "The general rule is that once a dog tastes blood, he will want some more," Sgt. Pozniak said. And that's why they are working closely with the humane society to monitor this case.
The Portage County sheriff's office and the district attorney looked into criminal charges against the pit bulls' owners, but they said those charges would not apply since the animals attacked another animal, not a person.
PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW)-- The owners of two pit bulls that brutally attacked a group of llamas in Junction City have been fined by Portage County officials.
According to authorities, Aaron Trelka and Darlene Trelka have both been issued three citations for failure to license a dog, animal running at large and animal causing damage. The fines run around $169 dollars each.
An official with the Portage County Sheriff's department also told Newsline 9 the Trelka's have been banned from having any dogs on their property for the next three years. If dogs are found living there, they could face further fines.
Police said the two pit bulls involved in the attack have been given away, but they are still living somewhere in Portage County. A pit bull puppy that was also residing at the residence across from the llama's pen has been surrendered to the humane society.
The Sheriff's department and Portage County district attorney looked into criminal charges for the pit bulls' owners, but said they do not apply because this was an animal-on-animal attack.
The llamas' owner, Wayne Bushman, said he's still sad and frustrated about the attack. He said he has filed a complaint with the Town of Carson and is looking into further legal action.
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