Steve Foley, former linebacker for the Houston Texans, has been indicted after his two pit bulls were involved in the attack of a woman and her puppy. The woman sustained severe injuries and the puppy was fatally wounded.
On June 4, 32-year-old Foley surrendered at Texas jail. He was later released on $10,000 bond.
The indictment is a third-degree felony. Foley has been accused of failure to secure the dogs, which attacked one of his neighbors unprovoked on March 26, according to court documents. Twana Schulz, 36, the victim, sustained serious personal injuries from bites to the arms and face.
Animal control officers seized the dogs and later destroyed them.
On the day of the attack, Schulz was carrying her puppy when a neighbor yelled that Foley’s dogs had gotten loose. Schulz then began traveling back toward her home. She said that she had nearly made it to their sidewalk when the dogs attacked.
Schulz attempted to hold onto her puppy, but the pit bulls ripped it from her hands and killed it.
If convicted, Foley faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
The Lone Star State is a hotbed for dog attacks--making it to #3 in the nation in 2012 for the states with most dog attacks. Although the attacks above did not take place in the Tar Heel State, learn about North Carolina dog bite laws and owner liability.