A 30-year-old man was charged with breaking into a Dover woman's home and trying to rape her, police said.
James B. Benson Jr., of the 900 block of Boggs Drive in Dover, was charged with attempted first-degree rape and four other offenses in the incident that happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of N. West St. He attempted to rape an 18-year-old girl, but she was saved when her pit bull intervened and became aggressive toward the man. ______________
On August 4, a pit bull named Bootsie was beaten with a baseball bat outside of a home. Police said they found the dog barely breathing beneath blankets in the backyard, and a freshly dug grave nearby. Police reports indicated up to seven people were home at the time. Police at the scene said a 14-year-old admitted to the crime.
Last summer a man threw his pit bull named Oreo off a rooftop near Brooklyn. He was set to be sentenced August 30th. The case captured headlines last year around the city and region as animal-rights activists and dog-lovers cried out for the dog’s life to be spared. However, the young pit bull-mix named “Oreo,” who survived being thrown off the sixth-floor rooftop, was declared unfit to live because of her aggressive behavior, her caretakers said. She was euthanized in October 2009. RIP sweet Oreo.
Denver may have to revise its pit bull ban, as it does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Three people have sued the city saying the 20-year-old ban prevents them from using pit bulls as service dogs. The first look into changing the law will be in September.
A 5-year old boxer named Rocky fatally mauled a girl, age 4, while she played in the yard. Taylor was playing Wednesday in a yard near Iron Ridge where the 5-year-old boxer named Rocky was chained before it apparently freed itself and attacked. A sheriff says criminal charges seem unlikely in the death of a 4-year-old girl who was mauled to death by a family friend's dog.