No Charges in Fatal Dog Attack

Jun 11, 2013

Authorities say they won't file charges in the mauling death of a 7-year-old Galesburg boy who was attacked by a dog in March.

Ryan Maxwell died shortly after he was bitten by the chained pit bull, which was owned by family friends. The dog was killed by police.

Galesburg Police Sgt. Bob Schwartz told The Register-Mail that they couldn't find a statute to apply to the attack, so no charges could be filed.

Maxwell had played with the dog before and the animal hadn't been aggressive.