Woman Arrested and Charged
Pittburg, CA - County animal service officers arrested and charged a woman in connection with the August mauling of a 6-year-old girl by a pit bull. The person walking the dogs at the time of the attack, Jennifer Marie Ross, was taken into custody with the help of Pittsburg police. Ross is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on two felony counts.
On August 3rd, a pit bull mauled little Delaney Williams after she tried to pet one of two dogs that Ross was walking. Williams suffered severe facial injuries, was airlifted to Children's Hospital Oakland and underwent surgery to repair her cheek and lip. The charges include allowing an aggressive, mischievous animal to be at-large and child endangerment, resulting in substantial injury.
Donna Williams, the girl's mother, said that she and her other daughter, Caitlin, asked for permission before petting a female dog. The other dog, a male named "Manny Fresh," attacked Delaney. "There were no warnings," Williams told reporters in August. "There was no barking, no growling, no wagging the tail. He was nice and calm. We did nothing to provoke him."
The family set up a trust fund in Williams' name at the Bank of America branch at 2501 Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg to help with medical expenses.
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