Dog Owner Pleads Guilty In Mauling

A Petaluma man has pleaded guilty to letting loose his two Rottweilers that attacked a 7-year-old boy in exchange for no prison time.

Kieran Burns, 50, is likely to get three years of probation and also could be sent to county jail. If he violates probation, prosecutor Marianna Green said Burns could then be sent to prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 27.

Burns was freed on $20,000 bail after his arrest in the April 29 mauling.

Burns' two 90-pound dogs attacked Roberto Kampfner Jr. and his father as they walked home from the track at Petaluma High School, police said. The boy was bitten at least 20 times.

Roberto Kampfner also was bitten at least twice, police said.

At the time, Burns was under orders to confine the dogs after a February 2005 attack on another dog, according to Petaluma animal control officers.

Burns also had been fined after the dogs bit a neighbor's child in August, authorities said.

The dogs were euthanized shortly after the attack.


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