Springfield prosecutors approve upgraded charges on dog owner

Charges upgraded against man accused in 3-year-old pit bull attack. (WDTN-TV)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS followed up on a recent dismissal with prejudice against Robert Rife, the dog owner accused of letting several children pet his pit bull, resulting in an attack of a 3-year-old boy.

Springfield prosecutors approved new charges against Robert Rife.

Rife is now charged with 3 counts of 4th degree misdemeanors: failure to license a dog, failure to control a dog and failure to vaccinate it against rabies.

They each carry up to a 30 day jail sentence.

Authorities allege that his pit bull Rickey Preston on the 1100 block of Lagonda Avenue three weeks ago.

The toddler needed more than 200 stitches, but when we caught up with him last week.

His grandmother Sonja Preston said doctors believe he’s on the road to recovery.

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