Man Charged in Pit Bull Attack

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 3:49 PM PDT
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The Garritson brothers were attacked by pit bulls on Nov. 27, 2011.

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A man has been charged by the district attorney’s office in connection with a brutal pit bull attack in Valley Center last November.

Jose Ledesma, 40, has been with two misdemeanor counts of failing to protect the public from dogs and two misdemeanor counts of failing to restrain a dog. He was caring for a friend’s pitbulls when they attacked the brothers jogging on a trail in Valley Center.  

Last November, two brothers were out for a run when as many as six pitbulls attacked them. Richard Garritson, 21, and his 20-year-old brother John Garritson suffered multiple severe bite wounds.

The Garritson brothers are part of an elite running family, according to our media partner North County Times.

Four of the dogs were euthanized at the owner's request.

Ledesma was arraigned on Tuesday and will appear for a readiness hearing on Sept. 24. He faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted of all the charges. 
 

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