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July 17, 2014

Dog mauling could yield criminal case

City citations held up while DA reviews incident

Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore wants to review the case of a man who was viciously attacked by a pair of pit bull dogs to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

Police Cpl. Michael Mahan, public information officer, said the person responsible for the dogs, whose name has not been released, was supposed to be cited today for failure to get a rabies vaccination, allowing an animal to run loose and harboring a vicious animal. Each citation carries a $249 fine. Those municipal citations are now on hold, Mahan said.

Glenn Boulet Sr., 61, is in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He has undergone three surgeries and is expected to have more facial reconstructive operations.

The two dogs attacked Boulet at 7:03 p.m. Monday in an alleyway near his home on 318 S. Ninth St.

The dogs lived at 316 S. Ninth St. The resident has not been home, but was notified by police about the attack. Both dogs were destroyed after the attack.

Two witnesses who heard Boulet’s cries for help and went to assist him used baseball bats and then a .22-gauge shotgun to get the dogs away from Boulet.

Deborah Lolles Boulet said her husband suffered injuries all over his body.

“He couldn’t see, he couldn’t talk,” Deborah Boulet said Wednesday evening. “It was the first day he was able to open his eyes.”

The dogs were known in the neighborhood to be dangerous. A neighbor’s cat and rabbits were allegedly killed by the dogs, and another person was bitten days before the attack on Boulet.

“We kept trying to tell them to get rid of those dogs or put them on a chain,” Deborah Boulet said.

Glenn Lolles, Boulet’s son, said there needs to be more done than just fining the dog owners.

“There needs to be more punishment than that,” Lolles said.

He said they tried to tell the dogs’ owners many times about the dogs. Lolles said that the dogs were getting out of the fence in the backyard after the owners would leave the home.

“As soon as they leave, they come right out,” Lolles said.

Philip Blair, supervisor of animal control, said animal control had been called out to the location where the pit bulls stayed three days before the attack on Boulet.

“When my officer arrived, he couldn’t find any dogs at all,” Blair said.

The dogs’ remains were sent to Oklahoma City, where they are being tested for rabies. Blair said they should have the results in three to seven days.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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