The owner of one "dangerous dog" has been charged in another reported dog attack in Fredericksburg.
The most recent incident happened Tuesday morning on Kenmore Avenue.
The victim, Anne Little, said she suffered a head injury and her dog was bitten.
Her dog, a 5-year-old terrier named Booker, had to get stitches, but should be okay.
Little, 70, said she also was treated for bruises and damaged teeth and was in “horrible pain.”
IF NOT FOR A RUBBER RAINCOAT BOOKER WAS WEARING, LITTLE SAID THE PIT BULL WOULD HAVE MAULED HER DOG TO DEATH.
"IT WAS SHREDDED," SHE SAID OF THE RAINCOAT. THE PIT BULL "WAS INTENT ON KILLING OUR DOG."
Little and her husband were on their daily walk with Booker about 10 a.m. when they came to a home in the 1100 block of Kenmore Avenue.
She said a PIT BULL that normally is kept in the garage had pushed the door up, gotten out and was in the yard.
As they approached, the pit bull attacked them on the sidewalk, she said. The pit bull knocked her over and attacked her dog. Little said she hit her head in the fall.
Eventually her husband was able to hold the pit bull down long enough for his wife and Booker to get away.
Valorie Katherine Bachar, 32, and Sidney Derise, 69, both were charged with keeping a nuisance animal after the incident.
The father and daughter live at the home on Kenmore.
The dog was taken away by animal control officers.
Little, who is president of the nonprofit Tree Fredericksburg, said she and other residents who live near the Kenmore Avenue home have feared and been attacked by the pit bulls during the past year and a half.
One of Bachar’s pit bulls has already been declared a dangerous dog for an attack on a woman and her dog in December. (Bachar also faces possession of heroin charges in an unrelated case, for which she faces a July 13 trial.)
In the December attack case, a woman was walking a golden retriever on Kenmore when two pit bulls pushed open the glass front door of Bachar’s home and attacked her dog, according to Fredericksburg Circuit Court records. One of the pit bulls bit the retriever on the neck and bit the woman when she intervened.
In an April 20 trial, Circuit Court Judge Gordon Willis declared that dog, a “brindle” pit bull named Buddy, to be dangerous.
The finding requires Bachar to register the dog in Virginia’s Dangerous Dog Registry; put a dangerous dog tag on the dog’s collar; post warning signs on the property; get $100,000 liability insurance; and keep the dog on a leash and muzzled when out of the house.
Tuesday’s attack involved a different pit bull, according to Little, who said she is considering filing a lawsuit over the attack.