Dog owner arrested

Published 8:45 am Thursday, April 12, 2012

AHOSKIE – The alleged owner of a dog involved in the April 1 attack of an elderly Ahoskie woman and her pet Dachshund has been arrested.

Terrance Lavar Norman, 19, of Pine Street was charged with a violation of town ordinance (which prohibits animals from running at large) and for having no proof that his dog had been vaccinated against rabies.

Ahoskie Police Sgt. Michael Kellett made the arrest in the early evening hours of April 9.

Norman posted a $2,000 bond and was released. His first date in court to answer the charges filed against him is April 24.

Meanwhile, Norman’s dog remains impounded in the Hertford County Animal Shelter. That impoundment took place on April 1.

The incident involved an altercation between a pit bull and a Dachshund owned by Ruby Baker of Parker Ave. The larger dog reportedly had the Dachshund in its mouth, causing severe injuries. Baker was also injured, requiring her to seek medical attention at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital where she was treated and released the same day of the incident.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh confirmed that Baker would have to file a civil lawsuit against Norman to seek recovery of monies expended for medical treatment to herself and her pet.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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