On September 27, 2013, a Pittsfield man used his dog as a weapon to rob two men and now will serve up to four years in prison, according to the Berkshire Eagle. Joshua Desnoyers, 22, approached two other men with his dog and ordered his dog to attack one of the men.
Desnoyers punched one man and while the other man was being bitten by the dog, Desnoyers grabbed his backpack and ran, with the dog behind him.
Desnoyers was immediately caught by police and the dog taken by animal control.
According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Berry, all men knew each other. The bite victim was treated for puncture wounds on his arm and hand, and cuts on his face. The other man was released.
Desnoyers pleaded guilty in court on May 2, 2014 to one count of armed robbery, one count of resisting arrest, two counts of assault and battery, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the dog). He will serve no less than three years, but no more than four years in state prison.
The dog named Ozzie was spared his life because the Animal Control Commission concluded he was not aggressive, as he did not show any signs while out of the care of Desnoyers. Ozzie was with the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter as evidence while Desnoyers awaited trial. He will be transferred to a rescue before being adopted out.
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