Redding Woman Attacked by Neighbor's Dog; Panel Decides to Allow Dog to Live
Updated On: Mar 21 2013 12:39:44 PM CDT
Redding's Administrative Hearing Board has decided what should happen to a dog that allegedly attacked a neighbor and her dog.
The board decided to allow the dog to live, under strict regulations.
Robin Hunt told us in February she was picking up her mail on Cythina Way in Redding when her neighbor's Akita mix started to attack her lab, Shalynn.
Hunt resorted to hitting the dog with her hand to try and stop the attack. She said the dog turned on her, first biting her arm.
"It went and attacked my head and after he was biting my head, he was dragging me from the driveway and then he released me," Hunt said.
She even claimed her neighbor, Earnest Wilson, watched the whole time and did nothing.
"I was screaming at him to get me help because I'm bleeding just tremendously and he turned around, walked back across the street," Hunt said.
Wilson argued that Hunt fabricated her story.
"Soon as I realized the dog was going to her property, I ran and tried to break it up," Wilson said.
After hearing from both parties, witnesses and the responding officers, the panel decided Gracie will not be put down, but can only be kept under strict requirements.
The guidelines include installing a new fence, and not allowing the dog in the front yard, among other things.
Hunt and Wilson agreed the decision was right.
"I think this was a very fair decision. I didn't want to see the dog put down in the first place, but I don't want him staying across the street," Hunt said.
"I feel the decision is fair. I think what was made clear is the statement that I stood by and watched this all happen and that the dog drug her and mauled her viciously. Any dog that does that gets put down. The fact that they are putting some stipulations, fencing, shows the dog isn't on that level," Wilson said.
Gracie has been quarantined since the attack. She'll now be able to go home but Wilson said he will most likely give her to a friend to avoid any further conflicts.
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