A Dothan woman who police say owned dogs that attacked a local pastor pleaded not guilty Monday to violating a city ordinance.
Rita Von Grice made the plea in front of Dothan Municipal Judge Rose Evans Gordon. She is charged with several counts of allowing dogs to roam freely. According to Dothan municipal code, it is illegal for the owner of any dog to allow his or her dog on anyone else’s property, or on public streets or rights of way, unless on a leash. Animal control officers are authorized to impound dogs found to be in violation.
Grice waived her right to counsel. Her trial is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. in Dothan Municipal Court.
Rev. Harold McKissic said he was attacked by four dogs on the afternoon of April 23 at the intersection of Canary and Draper streets. McKissic, pastor of Patterson Street Freewill Baptist Church, was bitten repeatedly on his right knee, right leg and chest. The attack continued, McKissic said, until a vehicle approached and the driver honked his horn and yelled.
McKissic said he took himself to the emergency room and that the wounds necessitated two followup trips.
A subsequent investigation led to the citation issued to Grice.