SPRINGFIELD — A fight over the ownership of a dog left a city man on the verge of death on Tuesday.
A woman went to 168 East Street in Springfield to claim a lost dog, and as she was driving away, a man stopped her an accused her of not actually owning the dog, but being from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Guy Wilson, 52, attempted to grab the keys out of the woman’s car to stop her from leaving.
Paul Bagge, an observer, tapped Wilson on the shoulder to resolve the dispute and Wilson immediately turned and punched Bagge in the head.
Bagge fell to the ground and hit his head, causing serious head trauma, police said. He is not expected to survive.
Wilson was held overnight and was arraigned in Springfield District Court today. Assault charges are likely to be upgraded in Bagge dies.