AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The couple remained free on their promise to appear in court. If convicted, they each face up to three years in prison. Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer did not respond to requests for comment. Herbert said the dog had bitten Beatrice once before on the leg in December 2004 after she tried to intervene when two of her dogs attacked Pea’s dog. The dog also had scratched a child in another incident, Herbert said. “The March incident began with the dogs barking at each other through a window. Things progressed from there,” Herbert said. LANCASTER – A Quartz Hill couple whose dog was shot to death as it mauled a neighbor was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of failing to control the pit bull-retriever mix. Shane Copeland, 25, and Raquel Pea, 23, are charged with one count each of mischievous animal causing injury in connection with the March 21 attack on 47-year-old Kimberly Beatrice. Before sheriff’s deputies shot the dog to death, it bit Beatrice on both arms and her neck. It was still biting the woman’s arm when it was hit by the first bullets, fired at close range, deputies said. “It remains a very tragic situation but it is not a criminal act by Ms. Pea,” said her attorney, Marc Herbert. “Ms. Pea was the one who called 911. She directed deputies to help Ms. Beatrice. She feels horrible about what happened, but under California law, this event was not a crime.” Prosecutors earlier said the couple and Beatrice lived on the same property but in different homes with no fences separating the two. The attack occurred about 7 p.m. as Beatrice was in front of her home in the 4700 block of West Avenue L-14, described as a normally quiet street lined with homes with large lots. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, the surgeon who operated on Beatrice’s badly mauled right arm said he had never seen such injuries in 20 years of practice. Investigators said one of the dog’s owners called 911 after hearing Beatrice screaming for help and tried unsuccessfully to get the dog off her by hitting and prying with a broom, according to Quartz Hill Town Council President Ed Frommer. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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