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Donora couple charged over alleged 'filthy' house

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:21 a.m.

A Donora woman whose dogs mauled a 6-year-old boy last month is facing child endangerment charges because of alleged “filthy” living conditions in her home.

Brandy Lee Pritchard, 36, and Eric Yakubik, 36, both of 665 Thompson Ave., each were charged Tuesday with two counts of endangering the welfare of children.

Donora police said the residence was littered with dog feces and smelled of urine during their investigation of the March 26 dog attack that left Julius Harvey severely injured.

The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.

Police Superintendent James Brice said Pritchard and Yakubik will receive notice of the charges via mailed summons.

“They are aware the charges were going to be filed,” Brice said of the two.

Pritchard and Yakubik lived in the residence with their children – ages 18, 11, and 9 – and 10 dogs, nine pit bulls and a poodle.

The investigation began as Officer William Dennison was on patrol March 26 and heard a man yelling for help on Thompson Avenue.

Dennison saw Julius being attacked by several dogs. He used pepper spray to ward off the animals so he could pull the child to safety.

When Carol Kelemen opened a fence gate to allow Dennison to carry the child in, she was attacked. Dennison grabbed Kelemen and pulled her to safety inside a house.

Julius underwent reconstructive surgery on his ear at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he was flown by emergency helicopter.

His mother, Megan Efaw, told Brice the child suffered puncture wounds all over his body, the most severe being to the triceps muscle on his right arm.

Brice said Julius is recovering at a relative's home.

Pritchard is not facing criminal charges related to the dog attack.

Dennison said there was a large amount of dog feces on the first floor and upstairs floor, as well as on the living room couches, stairs, and on a bed in an upstairs bedroom, according to a criminal complaint.

The house also had a strong odor of urine, dirty floors and furniture, and it appeared urine had seeped into the floor, damaging the surface, the complaint states.

Borough code enforcement Officer Tim Durka condemned the house. Washington County Children & Youth Services was called to investigate. Brice said the children are staying with relatives.

Brice said Pritchard has since signed away ownership of the dogs.

The animals are no longer under quarantine, but are still in the care of animal control officer Patsy Vince.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at



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