O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office

O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office

HARTLEY—A 30-year-old rural Hartley man was arrested after his pit bull boxer mix attacked an 11-year-old boy.

The arrest of Orry Gene Ladwig stemmed from his dog, named Demon, attacking the son of his girlfriend on Sunday, March 8, at their residence at 6433 360th St., about five miles southwest of Hartley, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy was transported to Spencer Hospital where he received seven stitches in his right biceps from a laceration, six in his left biceps from two puncture locations and three in his right hand, also from a laceration, according to court documents.

Ladwig and his girlfriend told law enforcement there were vaccination records in Storm Lake, but an investigation showed there were no vaccinations given, plus the dog had been treated for injuries sustained in a fight with another dog on Monday afternoon, March 9.

The dog was transported to the Hartley Animal Medical Center to be quarantined for 10 days and once deemed healthy, will receive the appropriate vaccinations before being released.

Ladwig was arrested Monday and charged with a rabies vaccination violation.

His girlfriend posted bond and he was released Tuesday, March 10.

Ladwig pleaded guilty Tuesday in O’Brien County District Court in Primghar and must pay $300 in court-related costs.