Twelve years in prison, one year for each dog that attacked a man in Detroit this Fall. That is if the dog's owner is convicted on all charges. Since the attack on October 2nd, police say there was no doubt who was responsible for what happened to Steve Constantine.
Police say a dozen dogs, owned by one man, mauled and maimed the 50-year-old victim as he walked down Pennsylvania Street. Police had to shoot and kill one of the dogs, the others were euthanized.
The victim lost an arm and a foot as a result. His recovery will require a total of 35 surgeries. In October we spoke with sister who filed a lawsuit on his behalf.
"I promised him that he would be able to use his arms again and that he will be able to walk somehow," said Cathy Hawly, victim's sister.
We were there after the attack, when the dog's owner Derrick Felton was taken away in handcuffs.
"Why do you have so many dogs? Vicious dogs at that?"
Back then he was arrested on an unrelated warrant and was eventually able to walk free. As for the attack, Felton was ticketed by animal control. At the time, police wondered if he would ever face jail time for what happened to Constantine.
Months after the attack, the Wayne County Prosecutor issued a warrant for three counts of harboring dangerous animals causing serious injuries. Each is a four-year felony. After the warrant was issued, the detective in charge says five-to-six officers were assigned to track down Felton. Through various interviews and surveillance, police caught Felton at the corner of Gratiot and August on Monday morning, 3.5 miles from the crime scene. Once caught, police say he was taken to jail without a struggle.
The detective says he hasn't had a chance to speak with the victim or his family since the attack, so he's not sure if they know about this arrest or not, but he's sure they will be pleased to see some justice for what happened.