Intimidated, he douses dog with gasoline
Another pit bull story? Nope. The ferocious beast at the center of this confrontation – a nine-pound ball of fluff named Benny — was a Lhasa Apso. Earlier reports that labeled the dog a Shih Tzu were incorrect, his owner, Frank Perlongo, told MySuburbanLife.com.
Daniel Maskill, 53, of Riverside, Ill., was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and assault after the Tuesday night confrontation.
According to Riverside police, Maskill was bicycling home through Harrington Park with a can of gas he had just purchased gas for his lawnmower when he encountered the dog.
“He was upset it was off leash,” Riverside Chief Thomas Weitzel told the Chicago Tribune. “He said he felt intimidated.”
Maskill threatened to set the dog and its owner on fire, and, although he never struck a match, Maskill did douse the 9-pound dog with gas, Weitzel said.
Weitzel said the assault charge stemmed from Maskill’s alleged threat to the owner.
The owner told police he likes to let his dog romp in the park, but town rules require dogs be on leashes. The owner was issued a citation.
(Photo: This is not the Lhaso Apso involved in the incident, but one we met in our travels — Tugg, of Seattle)
Posted by jwoestendiek May 27th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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