Breckenridge Police arrest man after dog mauls six-year-old girl |

Breckenridge Police arrest man after dog mauls six-year-old girl

Elise Reuter

Breckenridge police officers arrested a 23-year-old Fort Collins man on Saturday after his dog reportedly mauled a six-year-old girl. Police received a report of the incident around 4:38 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, after Alec Peyton left the scene where his dog allegedly attacked the girl near the valet station at the Village at Breckenridge.

He faces one class-three felony count of child abuse and two misdemeanor counts, including reckless endangerment and unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog.

"They were pretty serious injuries," Breckenridge assistant police chief Dennis McLaughlin said. "He was arrested on our warrant, and the dog is being quarantined."

Breckenridge police solicited information about the owner from the public prior to the arrest. A brief, two-day investigation located the suspect in Larimer County, where the dog is currently being quarantined at the Larimer County Humane Society.

Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown said the child abuse charge stemmed from "knowing or reckless behavior," when the owner allegedly allowed the child to approach the dog to pet it despite prior concerns about the animal.

"At that point, the owner knew the dog had tendencies to bite," Brown said. "If you consciously allow a person (who) could be at risk to come into contact with that animal, and that animal does what could be predicted, that could be knowing or reckless behavior."

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After a parent asked if the girl could pet the dog, reports note the owner consented before the girl was bitten in the face. The girl was hospitalized for her injuries.

If Peyton is found guilty of the class-three felony charge, he would face up to 12 years in prison.