Allentown woman faces trial in case of ‘dangerous dogs’ attacking passerby

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An Allentown woman faces possible trial on charges related to an attack by her two dogs on a passerby — the second attack in two months, according to prosecutors.
Gina Aquino’s two pit bulls — Fire and Ice — were determined to be “dangerous dogs” under state law after attacking a woman and child Dec. 20, according to Orlando Aguirre, state dog warden.

A dangerous dog is one that has attacked, inflicted severe injury, or killed a human being or a domestic animal without provocation while off an owner’s property, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

In the Dec. 20 incident, Allentown’s animal control officer was called and Aquino, of the 200 block of West Lexington Street, received two summary charges of harboring a dangerous dog, and a single summary charge of not having a license for a dog over 3 months old.

A message to Animal Control Officer Jeff Soldridge was not immediately returned.

Aquino pleaded guilty to those summaries Jan. 27, court records say. Less than a month later, the two dogs got out and mauled a man walking by her house, Aguirre said.

The victim did not appear at Wednesday’s hearing, but photos of his injuries showed hundreds of large red cuts and scrapes on his arms and legs.

A neighbor who witnessed the attack, but declined to give her name, said she and her family were getting ready for a flight Feb. 23 and her husband and children were outside. The neighbor said her husband saw the dogs get out, got the kids to safety and went inside to call police.

“When we looked out the window, we saw a man being attacked,” the woman said. “When the police got there the dogs were still attacking him.”

Aguirre said Fire and Ice were relinquished to the Lehigh County Humane Society the day of the attack and he believes they were destroyed. The humane society did not return a message seeking to confirm the dogs’ fate.

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