Jack Smith, 45, and Crystal Watson, 27, residents of Stephens County, Texas, have been arrested for the death of Tanner Monk, 7. Their pit bulls allegedly killed the boy.
Smith and Watson are charged with a dog attack resulting in death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. The law went into effect in September 2007. Bail for each person was set at $250,000 each and both remain in custody.
Texas criminal law is extremely harsh when dangerous dogs injure a person. It should be, because Texas was the nation's leader in fatal dog attacks in 2007. It makes no sense to own a dangerous dog in Texas. Take note.