Bond denied man in fatal Pontotoc dog attack

PONTOTOC — Bond has been denied a Pontotoc County dog owner indicted in a fatal pit bull attack last January.

WCBI-TV reports Casey Swanson appeared in Pontotoc County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Swanson was indicted for manslaughter in March in the death of 51-year-old Ronnie Waldo.

Prosecutors say Waldo and a friend were repairing a hot water heater on Jan. 26 when Waldo walked next door to Swanson’s house to retrieve a part for the appliance and was attacked.

The indictment alleges that Swanson allowed the dogs to roam free, even though he knew they were violent.

Prosecutors say Swanson was charged as a habitual offender because of previous burglary and larceny convictions.

Swanson has defended his dogs’ actions and said that all but one were confined.

The Associated Press