30-Days Suspended Jail Time
Aurora, CO - Phyliss Sharp, whose pit bull mauled her granddaughter, was given 30-days of suspended jail time and a $1,000 fine. Sharp was convicted of keeping a vicious animal and a restricted breed. She is not allowed to have another dog, must allow unannounced inspections by animal control and must pay restitution for up to one year.
The 4-year-old family dog attacked Sharp's granddaughter while they were playing in their Aurora apartment. The dog bit 4-year-old Neveah Marner's face and refused to let go until her father pulled the dog off the girl. The girl lost three teeth and suffered deep cuts across her face in the attack. She's had plastic surgery and will need more.
The dog had lived with the family since Neveah was born and had never hurt anyone, according to Sharp. Her pit bull was not licensed in Aurora. Despite the attack, Sharp said Neveah is not mad at the dog. In what can only be described as disturbing, Sharp tells 9News a conversation she had with her granddaughter:
"She asked me if Blue said she was sorry and I said she did," said Phyllis Sharp. "She said, 'Does Blue say she loves me?' and I said, 'Yes.'"
04/26/08: Nominated: Grandmother of the Year