DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines man accused of using his pit bull as a weapon earlier this week is facing additional charges.
Joshua Stoll was charged with a hate crime for allegedly commanding his pit bull, Rider, to attack a black man. Another man said the dog also attacked him in front of his children in July. The Des Moines Police Department's humane officer now says five more charges will be tacked on to Stoll’s record.
The city's ordinance deems pit bulls as vicious dogs. The city requires vicious dogs to be licensed, vaccinated and insured. The city's humane officer says the owner did not meet of the city's requirement and the dogs were not on a leash at the time of both incidents.
Further investigation will determine if the dog is considered dangerous and if it should be euthanized.
"For a dangerous animal to be deemed dangerous, it has to bite or claw someone on two separate occasions within a 12 month period and we have that, says Sgt. James Butler. "At this point I have to admit that according to the code it would appear that Rider does rise to the level of being dangerous under our current definition."
The dog remains in quarantine until a decision is made.
Stoll is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a $6,000 bond. Authorities plan to file the additional charges tomorrow.