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Pit Bull Owner Found Not Guilty

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A judge has ruled that a Millcreek woman is not criminally responsible for her dog injuring a child last month.

Katie Krumpe was facing charges of harboring a dangerous dog and failure to confine the dog. The 3-year old boy sustained an injury to his mid-section while visiting his grandparents home. The grandparents did not see the boy getting hurt.

The only witnesses were Krumpe and her mother. They testified that the child came next door to their yard. They said he approached the dog and the dog jumped on him, knocked him over, and scratched him in the process.  They said the pit bull was being playful, and the child was not attacked, and was not bitten.

Judge Paul Manzi ruled not guilty on both counts.

"I think the evidence showed today that the dog was not an aggressive dog and had been around children before. This was not a bite. It was an accidental scratching. That's what the evidence showed as well," said Eric Hackwelder, Krumpe's Attorney.

This case probably is not finished, as a civil suit is expected to be filed.




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