Feds Won't Pursue Charges Against SF Dog Owner

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    The San Francisco owner of a dog named "Charlie," whose story made headlines when he bit a U.S. Park police horse, will not be charged by the federal government, NBC Bay Area has learned.

    As part of a settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office earlier in March, David Gizzarelli paid a $325 fine and $1,154.38 in restitution after his dog, Charlie, bit a federal horse in Crissy Field in July. (The money went to offset a veterinarian bill, according to court documents.)

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    A pit bull in San Francisco recently attacked a horse at Crissy Field and a judge will decide if the dog will be euthanized. The dog's owner said it was a uncharacteristic attack by "Charlie." Jean Elle reports.

    In return, court documents show that the federal government will not pursue assault charges against Gizzarelli.

    Charlie's story was widely reported after he bit "Stoney," a horse ridden by Officer Eric Evans of the United States Park Police department, sinking his teeth into the horse's leg, and knocking the officer to the ground, leaving him unconscious. Charlie was taken to Animal Care and Control for five months while his fate was being decided in the courts.

    The city of San Francisco had sought to put Charlie down, while Gizzarelli had struggled in state - and federal  (PDF) - court to keep Charlie alive.

    Eventually, in January, another agreement was settled with the city: Charlie could live, but not with Gizzarelli. The dog was placed with a third-party sanctuary to live out the rest of his days.

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