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Monessen woman cited after dog bites Valley Independent delivery person

| Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

MONESSEN — A Monessen woman will be issued two citations after her dog bit a paper delivery girl Saturday after it supposedly went through the gate of a fenced-in yard on Braddock Avenue.

Monessen animal control officer Fred Moran said Tawnya Jackson of 663 Braddock Ave. will be cited because her 9-year-old German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix does not have a license or proof of current rabies shots after the dog nipped Cassandra Chipps while she was delivering The Valley Independent.

According to Monessen police, the bite caused a bruise, but no skin was broken.

Police said Monday the wound was determined to be “superficial” and the victim received no medical attention at the scene.

Police referred all further questions to Moran.

Moran said he was not able to contact the girl's mother, Brenda Chipps, who had told WPXI Channel 11 her daughter was treated at a local hospital with a tetanus shot and antibiotics.

Moran said the dog owner had been cited before in August 2009, but deemed both to be minor incidents.

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