Two pit bulls that attacked another dog in West York last month have been determined to be dangerous dogs.
District judge Walter Groom made the ruling during a hearing Tuesday. He also ordered the dogs' owner, Tina Price of the 700 block of West Poplar Street in York City, to pay a total of $1,584 in fines, court costs and restitution.
After the hearing, Price said she felt the ruling was fair.
She was remorseful during the hearing. The two pit bulls - Old Girl, 8, and Duches, 8 months - attacked a 5-year-old terrier mix named Zoe on July 17.
Zoe had to be euthanized because of her injuries. "I do apologize for what my dogs did to your dog," Price said. "I feel bad."
The attack:Arthur Duppstadt, Zoe's owner, testified that he was sitting on the porch of his home in the 100 block of Herman Street when he saw two pit bulls running on the sidewalk about 9:40 p.m.
The dogs broke through a gate on his property and attacked Zoe, he said.
His wife tried to pull Zoe through a door into the home, but one of the pit bulls went into the home and continued to attack the dog, Duppstadt testified.
"I grabbed a club and started beating them (the pit bulls). It didn't do any good," he said.
Zoe was taken to an animal hospital, where veterinarians determined her injuries were too severe and she was euthanized.
Under oath, Price said the dogs were in her fenced in backyard but got out. She promptly went looking for them and came across the scene of the dog attack.
Price maintained that her dogs weren't trained to attack other dogs.
"I never trained them to kill or attack," she said.
However, the Old Girl and Duches were involved in another attack that involved another dog in the area of Herman Street in June, according to testimony.
The attack wasn't reported to police.
Dangerous dogs: After the attack on Zoe, the pit bulls were placed in quarantine at the York County SPCA, where they remain.
With the dangerous dog ruling, Price must follow a number of regulations should she decide to get the dogs back.
Some of the regulations include that Price must construct an enclosure on her property for the dogs and needs to get a $50,000 bond or insurance for each dog in case they attack anyone. She also has to post signs around her property indicating that dangerous dogs are there.
Also, the dogs must be microchipped and have to be muzzled and leashed when not on Price's property.
Price said she hasn't decided whether or not to get both dogs back. She did say she'd like to have one of them, most likely Old Girl, return home.
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