According to officials, Rife was intoxicated when he let children pet his dog; 3-year-old Rickey Preston was severely mauled.
2 NEWS caught up with Preston and his family Tuesday, after a visit to Dayton Children’s.
His grandmother and doctors said he’s making progress, after 200 stitches were removed
Given official’s fact, why is the dog’s owner not facing the original charges in this case?
Springfield’s Chief Prosecutors Marc Ross told 2 NEWS the case is being dismissed so that he can re-file the charges as a 4th degree misdemeanor, which would carry a tougher penalty.
Officials said that his previous criminal history with animals is why they’re seeking higher level charges.