A rural Minto man's being held without bond on charges stemming from
the mauling of a man by a pack of loose dogs.
Peter John Greskowiak(gress-KOH-vee-ack) will also undergo a mental
evaluation to determine fitness to stand trial and mental competency. Greskowiak
faces three charges in connection with the alleged attack by eight or nine dogs
belonging to Greskowiak early Sunday morning. Juan Munoz of Fargo was treated
at a hospital for dog bites over his body.
The charges are physical obstruction of government function and two counts of
mistreating animals. Each charge is a class A misdemeanor, punishable to a
maximum of one year in jail and a two-thousand-dollar fine.
A news release by the Walsh County Sheriff's Department says authorities
went to Greskowiak's farmstead, one-half-mile east of Warsaw Monday evening to
get the dogs. A veterinarian euthanized four of them. Authorities allege Greskowiak
slit the throat of one of them and it died. Greskowiak was arrested and jailed.
Greskowiak said in court Tuesday morning "this is wrong," "that's false,"
and "I have no rights" during his bond hearing.
Judge Richard Geiger ordered Greskowiak to be held without bond and
to be transported to the State Hospital in Jamestown for mental evaluation. An
attorney will be appointed.
No further hearings were set.
Walsh County authorities have reportedly killed 13 dogs at Greskowiak's farmstead.
Sheriff Lauren Wild says they destroyed one rottweiler that Greskowiak put in the house before
being arrested for physical onbstruction of a government function. He's also reportedly facing a fourth charge of inhumane killing of one of his dogs.