Thursday, November 21, 2013

Own the breed? Own the deed. The charge is involuntary manslaughter.

Pit bull advocates love to claim that the owner of the dog is always responsible for the deed.  Well congratulations, Brian Hrenko has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony animal charges in the pit bull mauling death of Claudia Gallardo in April of this year.  Hrenko was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County jail on Thursday.  For more information please click here.

Mug shot of Brian Hrenko.

The pit bull, Russia, allegedly attacked and killed a woman in Stockton. (Courtesy: Brian Hrenko/Owner)

Russia, Hrenko's killer pit bull.

Hrenko talked about his dog "He gets in fights with my neighbors dogs all the time. He’s attacked people in the yard, but never actually bit them. He, like, chases them, knocked them in our swimming pool, chased one up a tree — but, he’s never actually bit and really hurt anybody before,” 

For a previous blog post with more details on this case please click here.

For a bit of old news on Hrenko's legal history and his pit bulls please click here.

Brian Hrenko joins these other pit bull owners facing serious charges for deaths caused by their pit bulls.  Please click here.

11/22/2013  For the thoughts of Claudia Gallardo's family on the charges filed against Brian Hrenko please click here.

11/23/2013 For a report on the legal responsibilities of the owners of dogs that attack, from an area that has seen far too many attacks, please click here.  The lawyer being interviewed clearly states that owners of breeds of dogs known to be vicious may get a big surprise if they claim they had no way of predicting violent behavior from their pets.  Manslaughter charges may well be in their future.  Own the breed?  Own the deed!