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Published July 09, 2013, 02:44 PM

Owner of dogs suspected in attack charged

GRAFTON, N.D. -- A rural Warsaw man has been charged with obstruction and two counts of mistreating animals after authorities say he attempted to prevent the Walsh County Sheriff's Office from retrieving dogs suspected of mauling a 19-year-old Faro man Sunday.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The Walsh County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant to retrieve the dogs of 59-year-old Pete Grzeskowiak, who is responsible for the animals putting a 19-year-old man in the hospital early Sunday morning.

Officers and a veterinarian went to Grzeskowiak's residence Monday to euthanize the dogs where they were met with resistance. The vet was able to euthanize four of the dogs before Grzeskowiak slit the throat of one and refused to give up any more of his animals

He took a large rottweiler inside his residence where police could not retrieve it. Grzeskowiak was arrested and charged with Physical Obstruction of Government Function and two counts of mistreating animals. The investigation is continuing and police say more charges are possible. 8 more dogs were destroyed by Walsh County deputies after Grzeskowiak was removed from the scene.

Tuesday, Sheriff's officers broke down the door to Grzeskowiak's home and put down the dog he hid inside. Officers say a group of small pups may have run off in the commotion but they are not believed to be dangerous. Officers are asking people in the Warsaw area to report suspicious stray dogs to the Walsh County Sheriff's Office.

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