David SolisThis is yet another story of abuse against pitbulls. We hear all the media and hype about how vicious and dangerous these dogs are, all the breed bans… why don’t we hear about all the abuse? Story after story about abuse to this incredible but horribly maligned breed. Seems an awful lot of these irresponsible owners not only don’t train or socialize them, they also don’t care for them and they subject them far too often to some of the worse abuses possible.

And in this case, the dog didn’t even belong to the man who abused it, it belongs to a relative!

A few weeks ago 25 year old David Solis borrowed the 2 year old pitbull, Princess, for ‘protection’.

When Princess was found yesterday as police were responding to a 911 call, she was the one in need of protection, from Solis. She was laying in her side, panting heavily, paws scraped and bloodied… still attached by a leash to the vehicle she was dragged by, a 1993 Honda Civic CRX.

Police guess that Solis was attempting to discipline Princess when he leashed the 45-lb brown and white pitbull to the rear window latch of his vehicle and dragged her around an oval track that encircles an apartment building in the 1100 block of North Farnsworth Avenue.

“It was brutal,” Aurora, IL Police Department spokesman Dan Ferrelli said of the alleged dragging, which caused injuries severe enough that the dog was unable to walk when police arrived about 5:30 p.m. Monday at the apartment complex on Aurora’s East Side.

Solis was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. He remains jailed on $25,000 bail and faces a possible 5-year prison sentence if convicted.

As for Princess, she was taken to a local veterinarian for examination. Aurora Animal Control manager Linda Nass said the dog was treated for dehydration and the outlook was positive.

“She’s getting the care she needs, and she’s doing fine,” Nass said. “She’s a sweet dog.”

Solis’ first court date is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Kane County courthouse in St. Charles Township.

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