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Woman charged in deadly Golden dog attack last September pleads guilty


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DENVER — A lady whose pit bull was associated with an attack that hurt a young boy and killed his great-grandmother in Golden last September pleaded guilty to the charges versus her previously this month.

Kayla Mooney, 33, pleaded guilty on March 6 to 2 counts of illegal ownership of a harmful dog, according to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She was sentenced to a stated two-year deferred judgment, with an arrangement to 100 hours of civil service and no dog ownership for one year (and after that one dog under 20 pounds per household for the 2 years). In addition, she needs to enlist in a dog ownership class, the district lawyer’s workplace said.

The case versus her co-defendant, Victor Bentley, is still pending. He has actually an arraignment set for April 4.

Mooney and Bentley, who remained in a relationship at the time of the attack, were charged in October after their two pit bulls attacked a 12-year-old boy and his 88-year-old great-grandmother on Sept. 14 along the 15700 block of W. 1st Avenue in Golden, according to the Golden Police Department.

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According to the suspects’ arrest affidavits, Mooney’s child and grandma were the victims in the attack.

That day, the boy went to his next-door neighbor’s house and informed the individual his great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Gehring, was being assaulted in the yard. The boy had actually likewise been bitten, according to the arrest affidavits.

Police were dispatched and discovered a path of blood leading into the home. When they went to the yard, they discovered the 2 dogs assaulting Gehring and might see she was seriously hurt. Police would later on learn one dog came from Mooney and the other came from Bentley, according to an affidavit.

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One of the dogs, which came from Mooney, saw the officers and charged at them, according to an affidavit. The officer utilized less-lethal ammo to keep the dog away. The other dog, coming from Bentley, then charged at the very same officer, who likewise contended the dog with less-lethal ammo, according to the affidavit.

As the 2 officers attempted to pull Gehring to safety, the dogs circled them and avoided them from getting the female medical help. The dogs were then tranquilized, according to the affidavit.

Once more officers got here, they had the ability to rescue Gehring, who had serious injuries to her head and left arm. She was transferred to St. Anthony’s Hospital and instantly went through surgical treatment.

The young boy was likewise transferred to the very same medical facility. He was then airlifted to Children’s Hospital.

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The day after the attack, authorities said Gehring remained in important condition and her grand son was steady. The dog that came from Mooney was euthanized due to injuries from the attack, authorities said.

Gehring’s family later on found out that her arm was severed and would require amputation. She likewise had “substantial facial damage” and had one eye eliminated, the affidavit read. Doctors said it was not likely she would gain back sight in her other eye. Mooney’s child’s injuries consisted of numerous lacerations, 2 damaged fingers, and gouges on his arm and his heel, according to the affidavit.

Gehring died of her injuries on Sept. 17.

12-year-old boy, his grandma assaulted by family dogs

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According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, her cause of death was noted as “cardiopulmonary arrest” due to “problems of substantial bite injuries” and “dog attack,” according to the affidavit. Her way of death was noted as “mishap.”

On Sept. 19, Golden authorities said the second involved dog, which belonged to Bentley, was euthanized after he surrendered it to the Foothills Animal Shelter.

During an interview with the hurt boy, authorities found out that he thought Mooney’s dog had actually saved him and Bentley’s dog was the assailant. In addition, the boy’s sis, who remained at your house, said as Bentley’s dog assaulted Gehring, Mooney’s dog continued to pursue the other dog.

The hurt boy informed authorities he “seemed like the factor he lived was due to the fact that (Mooney’s dog) had actually rescued him,” according to the affidavit.

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