HARTFORD CITY, BLACKFORD COUNTY IN - A WOMAN FACES A CRIMINAL CHARGE FOR KNOWINGLY HARBORING A DOG NOT IMMUNIZED AGAINST RABIES...AFTER IT BIT AND INJURED A CHILD
A Hartford City woman faces a criminal charge after her dog — which was “not up to date on his shots” — bit and injured a child, reports indicate.
Brenda L. Clark, 41, 1108 S. Willman Pike, this week was charged with harboring a non-immunized dog — a Class B misdemeanor carrying a maximum 180-day jail term — in Blackford Superior Court.
According to a listing released by the Blackford County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred May 9. Dispatchers indicate It was Clark who called the authorities to report “her dog had bitten the neighbor’s child.” By that point, the neighbor had already taken the injured child to the emergency room.
Clark later told an officer her dog “was not up to date on his shots.” She later “advised she wanted animal control to come get the dog and put it down,” according to the report.
No further information about the condition of the injured child — or whether or not the dog was euthanized — was provided.
A charging document filed this week in Blackford Superior Court indicated that Clark “did knowingly harbor a dog, at least six (6) months of age, not immunized against rabies, which … bit and caused bodily injury” to the victim.
The charge of harboring a non-immunized dog in the state of Indiana is a Class C misdemeanor, but advances to a Class B misdemeanor — which carries a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000 — if the dog causes bodily injury by biting a person.
A similar case was filed last month in Blackford Superior Court against William Morgan Jr., 45, of Montpelier, who faces a Class B misdemeanor charge of harboring a non-immunized dog after his canine reportedly bit and injured a person May 6 in Blackford County.
Morgan this week pleaded not guilty to the charge. A pretrial conference has been scheduled in this case for Aug. 25.
Clark, who was not arrested, has an initial hearing scheduled for Tuesday. Local state court records reflect no other recent charges or convictions for the Hartford City woman.