Follow up: Owner is being charged with, get this, a misdemeanor...
Date: September 15, 2007
Location: BUckner, Missouri
Victim: adult female & male
Circumstances: Dog with a history of aggression (attacked someone two years ago) was running loose. Attacks a couple walking. Was stabbed to death by one of the victims.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the man whose dog attacked a married couple Monday evening in a largely rural area west of Buckner and north of U.S. 24.
Christopher Ownbey, 39, the owner of the mastiff responsible for the attack, has been charged by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department for not leashing the animal and allowing the dog to become a public nuisance.
Each of the misdemeanor charges carries a $1,000 fine or one year in jail.
A 33-year-old woman and her 35-year-old husband were taking a walk near their home 5:15 p.m. Monday in the 2900 block of Hoover Road when the woman was attacked by a stray mastiff.
Her husband attempted to fend off the dog - at one point even trying to strangle it - before a neighbor gave him a kitchen knife, which the man used to stab the dog several times until it was dead.
Both the man and woman suffered serious injury. They are still in the hospital.
Ownbey has also been identified as the man who pulled a rifle on a TV crew that approached him at his home for comment.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's office has declined to file assault charges against Ownbey, citing the "deadly force bill" Gov. Matt Blunt signed in July.
The bill states that Missourians will not be punished if they use deadly force to protect themselves and their family from intruders.
Ownbey is scheduled to appear at the Jackson County Associate Circuit Court in November.