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Packers RB Benson cited for letting dogs run loose, speeding, driving without license


MANITOWOC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Packers’ running back Cedric Benson was recently given a pair of citations for letting his Rottweiler dogs run loose in Manitowoc County.

He also received two traffic tickets a couple weeks ago for going 41 miles an hour over the speed limit, and for driving without a valid license – both in Manitowoc County.

The 30-year-old Benson can either pay the fines, or appear in court to challenge the forfeiture actions. Online court records show that the fines total just over $1,050 for the four charges.

He has court dates set for February 13th and 20th.

The two newest citations involved Benson’s two Rottweilers. Authorities said the dogs attacked 17 calves at his neighbor’s farm last month near Maribel. Sheriff’s deputies said the dogs had chewed the legs of the young cows, and several calves had deep wounds.

Officials said Benson put up a fence to keep the dogs on the property – but someone said they got loose again 11 days ago, and he was cited a second time this week for having animals running at large.

Benson joined the Packers in September when injuries forced the team to scramble for a running back. He played in 5 games before sitting out the rest of the season with a left foot injury. Benson ran for 248 yards and a touchdown, after having over 1,000 yards with Cincinnati in each of his previous three seasons.

He recently expressed an interest in returning to the Packers next season.