Pit bull owners face more citations, fines

HOUSTON - Owners of a pit bull are facing 20 citations and more than $6,000 in fines for refusing to surrender their dog after a neighbor said it attacked her.

Two weeks after Jennifer Jenkins said a female pit bull attacked her as she walked her own dog, Justice, she continues to heal from her physical wounds.  

"Every time Justice was able to neutralize the situation, she would just circle to another side of me," said Jenkins. "She attacked me from the right. Justice was on my left."

Jenkins said now there's added frustration.

According to animal control officers, the pit bull's owners initially said they would bring in the dog for a standard 10-day quarantine period, but they never did. They later told officers that the dog was sent to live elsewhere.The owners have been fined for every day they have not brought in their dog. They have also been cited for failing to register and vaccinate their other dogs.

As of Tuesday, the owners have received at least 20 citations, but those are little consolation to Jenkins who has been getting rabies vaccinations since the attack.

"If I had a smaller dog, I don't think I'd have a dog anymore," Jenkins said. "Does a child or someone have to be mauled? Have their face ripped open? What has to happen?"

Jenkins said each rabies shot costs her $550.

A spokesperson for BARC, Houston's animal shelter and adoption facility, said the dog's owners will have to appear in front of a judge and answer to those citations.

The owners did not come to the door when approached by Local 2 on Tuesday.

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