Dog owner charged under new law after pit bull attacks woman

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A 77-year-old woman was attacked by a pit bull this morning and now the owner of the dog has been charged with a third-degree felony under a new state law that went into effect in September of this year.

According to Harris County Precinct 6 Lt. Mark Timmers, the victim was walking near the 500 block of Hoffman. The dog escaped from its fenced in yard and suddenly attacked the woman.

Witnesses rushed to the woman's aid and they were able to subdue the dog until emergency personnel arrived. People at the scene were able to lead police to the dog's owner.

The Houston Police Department arrested the owner of the dog under a new law that provides that owners be more culpable for the actions of their dogs, even when they escape from their property. Harris County Precinct 6, which was called out to the scene by Harris County District Attorney's Office, took custody of the adult pit bull.

"This case is the first to be used under the new law which holds owners responsible for attacks by their dogs," said Lt. Timmers. "The district attorney's office takes this law very serious."

Lt. Timmers said a dangerous dog affidavit will be filed on the dog with the hopes of removing the animal from the owner.

The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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