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Published July 11, 2013, 08:53 AM

Walsh County Sheriff defends decisions made after dog attack

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A northeastern North Dakota sheriff is defending his decision to kill more than a dozen dogs after a pack attacked a man who was walking by a Warsaw farm, citing the need for public safety.

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A northeastern North Dakota sheriff is defending his decision to kill more than a dozen dogs after a pack attacked a man who was walking by a Warsaw farm, citing the need for public safety.

Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild told the Grand Forks Herald that the size and aggressiveness of the animals ruled out capturing and quarantining them.

"I was not going to put my men and others in danger with those dogs, and who would take them?" Wild said. "We saw what they did to that young man; it was clear our options were very limited."

John Munoz, 19, of Fargo, says he was mauled along a rural road Sunday by a Rottweiler, a pit bull and several other dogs. He has been treated at hospitals in Grand Forks and Fargo and says he is recovering.

"I have started moving my arms again," he said Wednesday. "It's great how much better I feel."

The dogs' remains have been sent to the state Health Department to be tested for rabies, Wild said. Authorities also are cautioning the public that two dogs might have gotten away.

Munoz said his feelings toward the dogs have changed.

"I am happy they can no longer hurt anyone, but I really feel sorry for them," he said. "It's really not their fault that they were that way. It's the owners' fault; he is the one that let them off the chain."

Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against dog owner Peter Grzeskowiak of physical obstruction of a government function and two counts of mistreating animals. He is being held pending a mental health evaluation. He has applied for a public defender but has not yet been appointed one, according to court documents.

Grzeskowiak allegedly slit the throat of one of the dogs on his farm when officers served a search warrant Monday. Authorities allege that he also put two dogs inside his house and refused to give them up before being arrested.

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