MOUNT VERNON — Chad E. Creech, 41, of 101 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, will spend 10 days in jail, pay a $250 fine and have his dog destroyed as the result of the June 6 incident in which the dog bit a 3-year-old girl.
Monday afternoon, Acting Municipal Court Judge Kenneth Lane sentenced Creech on a charge of failing to confine a vicious dog. In addition to the fine and jail time, Creech will spend two years on probation and pay court costs. The judge actually sentenced Creech to 180 days in jail, but suspended 170 days.
The dog, a pit bull, has been staying with Creech’s brother in Butler County because he could not care for it while recovering from surgery. The dog must be returned to Knox County by 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, and turned over to Animal Control, the judge ordered. The dog must be put to sleep by Dec. 20.
On behalf of his client, attorney Brandon Crunkilton said that hindsight being 20/20, Creech realizes he should have taken more precautions with the dog and it should not have been in a position to cause harm. He also said Creech did not realize at the time that the same dog had bitten his son; that they thought it was another dog.
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