Judge Randy Haynes issued a ruling Friday in the City of Alexander City vs. Diane Davis, finding Davis guilty of one of the two charges against her.
According to Robin Reynolds, who represented the city, Davis was found guilty of dogs running at large and was found not guilty of keeping vicious dogs.
“Based on the testimony, the judge found she had no prior knowledge that the dogs were vicious,” Reynolds said, adding that prior knowledge was required under the vicious dog ordinance.
Davis has been ordered to pay a $300 fine and $299 in court costs. Davis has 14 days to decide whether she wants to appeal the ruling to circuit court.
This ruling, however, will serve as prior knowledge of keeping vicious dogs in the event another biting incident occurs.
“She has been put on notice by the order that she does have vicious dogs that have bitten someone,” Reynolds said. “She would now be subject to prosecution by the city if one of these dogs bites someone else.”
Tina Dean, who testified during the case, was attacked by Davis’ dogs Jan. 1 of this year.
“I feel like I did the right thing for the safety of others,” Dean said. “What happened to me is done – we can’t take back my scars. I wanted to try to prevent anyone else from having to endure what I went through.”
Dean said she will never run the route through Ridgeway Drive as long as the dogs are still there.
Dean said that she was disappointed to see the amount of the fine, in light of another case which came before the city Thursday involving animal cruelty.
“In the case before us, the lady got a larger fine for treating an animal cruelly than someone whose dog attacked someone,” Dean said. “Hopefully, the city council will take a second look at our animal ordinances and try to come up with stiffer punishment.”
Davis could not be reached for comment.