Pit Bull Beats Rap; Choppers Don’t Match Bite Marks on Pop Singer
Posted Jul 12, 2010 1:56 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Add another case to the annals of criminal charges pursued in a potential death-penalty matter over a bad eyewitness identification.
Apparently persuaded by a veterinarian's testimony that the bit marks on pop singer Vanessa Carlton's leg didn't match a local pit bull's choppers, a Pennsylvania district court judge held that Bella can return home to owner Ben Teichberg if he builds a fence around his yard within 90 days following a six-hour Milford trial last week, reports the Pocono Record.
Accused of harboring a dangerous animal, he couldn't have afforded the insurance such a finding would have required and would have had to euthanize his beloved pet if the case had been proven.
However, Shohola District Justice Alan Cooper convicted Teichberg failing to confine the pit bull and breaking quarantine, probably unintentionally, and fined him $100 and $50, respectively, on these charges.
Best-known for her 2002 hit "A Thousand Miles," Carlton identified Bella as the dog who bit her as she was jogging during a visit to her parents, who live nearby, according to the Associated Press. She declined to comment after the verdict.