Dogs kill Missouri cyclist Werner Vogt, and owners reach settlement of $300,000 | The Kansas City Star

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The owners of dogs that authorities believe killed an elderly Missouri bicyclist will pay a $300,000 settlement.

The civil lawsuit was brought in Christian County, south of Springfield, about a year and a half after the man was allegedly mauled by two boxers. . . .

Originally, authorities never suspected dogs after Werner Vogt, from his hospital bed, pointed at photos of a coyote as the culprit of the attack. Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole said that changed when neighbors in the Rogersville area reported many instances of dogs roaming free.

After Vogt died, detectives canvassed the area near the attack and took DNA samples from a number of dogs. The samples were then sent to a lab at the University of Florida, with the hope that one would match animal samples taken from Vogt’s clothing.

It was the first time Cole had ever conducted DNA testing of dogs in a case.

The testing proved successful, leading authorities to the Brinks’ two boxer dogs.

Cole added that criminal charges may be filed.

MoBikeFed comment: Dog attacks are a serious problem for cyclists in Missouri, and we have supported legislation to increase penalties for dog owners who allow their animals to roam free or attack people.

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