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* Armando Flores An Oxnard man pit bull mauled a 90-year-old Santa Rosa man was convicted

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An Oxnard man whose pit bull mauled a 90-year-old Santa Rosa man in December was convicted by a Sonoma County Superior Court jury Wednesday of negligent control of a dangerous animal resulting in serious bodily injury.Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Gnoss also found the dog owner, Armando Flores, 47, has a previous conviction and prison sentence for narcotics possession and was on parole when the attack happened on Dec. 12.

Flores could be sentenced up to four years in prison on April 17, but could serve his term in the county jail, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.Flores was visiting friends at a Santa Rosa residence on Marlow Road when the pit bull, “Blue,” attacked Bill Siemsen, who sitting next door on his patio with his Black Labrador Retriever, “Luna”.

When the pit bull attacked his dog, Siemsen hit it with a cane and the pit bull than mauled Siemsen’s leg. Flores hit Blue in the head and grabbed its collar to break its grip on Siemsen, Deputy District Attorney Robin Hammond said. An off-duty Santa Rosa police officer witnessed the attack and  pulled into the driveway of Siemsen’s home.Blue also had engaged in aggressive behavior three separate times  since June, Hammond said.

In those attacks some of the dogs received puncture wounds but their owners were not injured.Sonoma County Animal Control had issued Flores warnings about the dog, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said. After Blue’s third attack, Flores signed a form on Nov. 3 that designated Blue a potentially dangerous animal, Ravitch said. The pit bull was euthanized after the attack on Siemsen and his
dog.

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