The Edmond Sun

February 13, 2013

Group gives pit bull 'Butter' a new lease on life

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An abused pit bull has a new lease on life thanks to the Edmond Police Department, the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office and a rescue group.

You may recall the report in November. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said after a woman’s boyfriend punched her and tried to strangle her the victim awoke a couple days later. He was standing over her and began to fight with her verbally and physically about their relationship, Monroe said.

He got her on the ground and started to strangle her again and ordered his dog to attack her, Monroe said. The dog was biting her on the legs and thigh and then eventually started attacking (the suspect) as well, she said.

The victim was able to run out of the house, but the boyfriend and the dog caught up with her, Monroe said.

An EMSA paramedic told Officer Jonathan Cramer the victim suffered multiple facial lacerations, had strangulation marks on her neck and bite wounds on her legs, the report filed by Cramer stated.

On Tuesday, Butter was headed to a rescue shelter to be able to live out his life, Monroe said.

“We’ve worked very diligently with the district attorney’s office to try and find a positive outcome for Butter,” Monroe said.

Butter’s owner did not want to relinquish his rights to the pit bull, instead asking that he go to one of his family members, Monroe said. That was not a viable option for the city’s Animal Welfare Department, she said.

“In the end, a member of the DA’s office was able to meet with and convince the owner the best thing for Butter was to release him to the Edmond Police Department,” Monroe said.

On Nov. 26, the DA’s office filed felony charges — three counts of domestic abuse by strangulation, one count of maiming and three counts of domestic abuse assault and battery against Christopher Reid Birchmier, 32, of Edmond, according to court records.

On April 1, he faces a preliminary hearing, when a judge will determine if there is enough cause to send the case to trial.  

On Dec. 14, Birchmier entered a plea of not guilty in court. Bond was set in the amount of $100,000. As of Wednesday, bond had not been posted, according to court records.

A message seeking comment from Frank Kirk, Birchmier’s attorney, was not returned by press time. | 341-2121, ext. 108