One arrested in pit-bull attack on young boy

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — Police arrested the owner of a pitbull that attacked a 19-month-old boy in the parking lot of the King Soopers store near 62nd Avenue and U.S. Highway 85 July 13.

Police arrested the animal's owner, 51-year-old Sue Tackett. She could face charges of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog. The final decision on charges is up to the Adams County District Attorney's office. Police said they were able to arrest Tackett without incident.

The 19-month-old child was in stable condition at midafternoon Monday, according to a statement.

Police say they were called to the scene about 7:30 p.m., July 13, and found the child had been severely bitten by a 90-pound pit bull, which had been tethered to a pole. The dog attacked the boy when he tried to pet it.

The boy was taken to a local hospital with serious face and neck injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

According to police, officers restrained the dog using catch-poles, though it continued to fight and be very aggressive. The dog was transported to the Adams County Animal Shelter, where it died from asphyxiation from the catch-pole.

The child was among a group of transients that had set up a small camp in the parking lot to the south of the King Soopers. The pitbull and its owner were also staying in the same location, but were not known to the other group, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.