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A Family Reacts in Galesburg

Updated: June 11, 2013 06:24 PM

Today the case of a dog attack in Galesburg took another step towards closure.

Authorities in Knox County say they will not file charges against the owners of the dog that attacked and killed the 7 year old Ryan Maxwell in early March.

Galesburg's current dog ordinance says a pet owner is only responsible for his or hers actions if they're negligent.

In this case - Police tell us that's not what happened.

The dog owner had no idea the dog would attack, because it had played with other children before, including Maxwell.

After today's announcement - Ryan's family says they aren't happy.

"I think about it every night. I can't sleep and my family can't sleep. I would just hate to see this happen to someone else."

These are the words of Tom Mead - Ryan's Grandfather.

He says he is upset that no one is going to be responsible for his grandson's death.

But he is even angrier that nobody told him this is how it was going to be.

"It would have been nice to have some notice from he States Attorney's office and not have to find it out on Facebook or in the paper."

Ryan was killed by a pit bull in early March.

According to the investigators - Ryan knew the dog well.

And the owners couldn't have known the worst was about to happen.

"That's not true," says Mead. "Ryan only had seen that dog when he was a puppy and when he spent the night over there the night he was murdered."

So Mead is looking to change laws at the state and federal level.

He wants breed specific laws.

Laws that prevent certain types of dogs in an area.

The ASPCA says this doesn't work and can often lead to bigger issues.


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