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Donora police may charge owners of dogs who attacked boy

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Thursday, March 27, 2014, 11:57 a.m.

Donora police would like to have the pit bulls that mauled a 6-year-old boy and a woman declared dangerous, but officials need to interview the child before any charges can be filed, borough police Superintendent Jim Brice said on Thursday.

The boy's ear was reconstructed, and he has gaping wounds on “every part of his body,” Brice said.

The attack occurred on Wednesday at a home in the 600 block of Thompson Avenue.

The boy was flown to Children's Hospital in Lawrence-ville and got out of surgery at 3 a.m. Thursday, Brice said.

His mother told police that doctors had “to reconstruct his ear, but the worst injury is on his right arm at his tricep,” Brice said. Brice would not release the name of the boy or his mother.

Police do not know how the dogs got out of the house, he said.

Ten dogs — nine pit bulls and one poodle — lived in the house with Brandy Pritchard, Eric Yakubik and several children. Pritchard, who owns the house and the dogs, and Yakubik could not be reached for comment. The house had dog feces in every room and in the front and back yards, a borough official said.

“It's just in an extremely unsanitary condition — in capital letters,” said Timothy Durka, the Donora building code official who condemned the house after the attack.

Donora police will be contacting the Washington County District Attorney's Office to determine what action could be taken against the owner.

County animal control officers confiscated eight of the dogs, but they can't file any citations, because the dogs were not running wild, Brice said.

William Dennison, a Donora patrolman who happened to be in the area, told the Tribune-Review he saw about five pit bulls attacking the child. Dennison grabbed the boy and took him to a house across the street. He then saw the dogs attacking a neighbor, Carol Kelemen, 64. She was treated at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll for leg injuries.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Staff writers Michael Hasch and Stacy Wolford contributed.




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