ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A judge set bond Tuesday at $1,500 for the pit bull owner facing charges after the dog allegedly mauled a toddler.
Commerce City police said 51-year-old Sue Tacket was arrested Monday on investigation of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog. She was taken to the Adams County Detention Facility.
The attacked happened at about 7:30 p.m., off U.S. Highway 85 and 62nd Avenue.
When police arrived, they found a 19-month-old boy had been severely bitten by a 90-pound pit bull. The dog had been tethered to a pole, and when the child attempted to hug the dog, it attacked the boy, police said.
The child was among a group of individuals traveling across the country. The group had set up a small camp in the parking lot to the south of the King Soopers. The pit bull and its owner were also staying in the same location, but were not known to the other group.
Officers restrained the dog using catch-poles, though it continued to fight and be very aggressive toward them in the process, police said. The dog was ultimately transported to the Adams County Animal Shelter where it died from asphyxiation which occurred during the restraint process.
Commerce City has a vicious dog ordinance that bans pit pulls.
Police said the toddler was in stable condition Monday and recovering from surgery for the injuries he sustained.