The Associated Press
Updated: 9:41 p.m. ET Jan 17, 2007
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A man was sentenced Wednesday to 100 days in jail for freeing a trio of pit bulls that mauled three men, reportedly to "see what kind of trouble he could cause."

The length of time Bryan Smith will spend in jail coincides with the amount of time the most seriously injured of the victims spent in the hospital, said Van Buckley, a spokeswoman for Jackson County prosecutor's office.

Smith, 34, of Independence, was also sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Judge Jeffrey Bushur imposed the sentence on three counts of third-degree assault after Smith conceded there was sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Neighbor Earl D. Howard Jr. told investigators that Smith had told him he was planning to release the dogs "to see what kind of trouble he could cause." Howard said he warned Smith against it, but he later saw the dogs jump out an open window and Smith laughing. Smith had been working on the house.

The three dogs attacked one man while he was out walking and two other men as they mowed grass.

The owner of the dogs, Paul Piper, was sentenced in October to two years of probation for violating the city's animal-control ordinance. Other charges are pending, Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry said.


Should have put him down.