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Owner charged in dog attack of Pa. girl

January 27, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hamilton Township woman has been charged in an attack by her dog that injured a 6-year-old girl last week, according to District Justice Richard Alloway's office.

Dog Law Enforcement Officer Georgia Martin filed charges of harboring a dangerous dog and confinement of dogs and an expired vaccination against Kristine Swartz, 37, of 36 Surrey Drive last week in connection with the Jan. 18 attack on the girl.

According to the citations, the akita-shepherd mix attacked the girl, who lived next door, in Swartz's home at about 11:30 a.m. The girl received facial and head injuries and was treated at Chambersburg Hospital.

The girl was back home the next day, Martin said last week.

The citations state that the dog, Sable, attacked the girl when she reached down to pick up some Play-Doh. Swartz had left the room even though the dog had been behaving aggressively, according to the citation.

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Martin said last week the dog's rabies vaccination was up to date but it was quarantined for 10 days at the Chambersburg Humane Society as a precaution.

The expired vaccination citation was for another dog belonging to Swartz, according to the records.

The maximum fine for each offense is $300, according to the documents at Alloway's office.

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