A man pleaded guilty Monday in Lancaster County Court to not properly securing his dog last year when the animal attacked two children and their mother on Lafayette Street.
Luis Colon-Colon, 42, pleaded guilty to six misdemeanors and three summary charges regarding the June 19, 2017, attack.
The two children, then ages 2 and 5, sustained bites to their faces and bodies, and are still receiving medical treatment for injuries. The mother also was bitten.
County Judge Margaret Miller ordered the following sentence:
- 7 years of probation
- $600 fines and court costs
- $54,641 in restitution
- A ban from having a dog as a pet during probation period
The judge said she did not order a prison term, in part, so Colon-Colon can start making restitution payments, according to Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson, lead prosecutor.
Wilson asked the judge to consider the children will likely require treatment for years to come. Also, Wilson said, the dog was involved in a previous biting incident while under Colon-Colon’s ownership.
The victims did not appear in court Monday.
In all, Colon-Colon pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of dog attack causing serious injury (three counts) and reckless endangerment (three counts), and three summary violations.
Lancaster city police Detective Lt. Philip Berkihiser filed charges.
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