A felony animal-cruelty charge against Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux has been dismissed.
In February, Gwinnett County Police arrested and charged Babineaux in connection with the death of Kilo, a pit bull-mix owned by his girlfriend.
On Wednesday, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter dropped the charge after an extensive investigation.
Babineaux’s attorney said that his client acted in self-defense against Kilo, who had a history of attacking. He added that Babineux was protecting himself and his five-month-old child.
“This was a clear case of self-defense,” McDonough said. “The dog had a history of violence. … Jonathan and his family did everything in their power to make this dog part of their family.”
Porter said the office’s investigation confirmed that Kilo had a history of unprovoked attacks. The dog had been neutered, placed on Prozac and was kept on a leash.
The dog’s trainer told Babineaux to spin Kilo on a leash whenever he became aggressive. This disorients the dog and the person can become in control again.
“There is not enough evidence to exclude every reasonable hypothesis other than the guilt of the accused,” Porter said in a statement.
After the charges were dropped, Babineaux said he is just happy that his name is cleared and that the situation is over.
Babineaux’s attorney said that Babineaux had proven himself to be “a person of the utmost character” and that “he is the type of person that should be the face of the Falcons and the NFL.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution