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Williamsport – A Williamsport woman was charged after her dog allegedly bit a child in May. The child required surgery, according to court documents.

Ashley K. Pinkney, 32, of 1508 Scott Street, is awaiting her preliminary hearing for misdemeanor charges of negligence – dangerous dog attack, dog attach causing serious injury or death and dogs outside dwelling/enclosure not physical restraint.

Williamsport Bureau of Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Park Avenue at 6:55 a.m. on May 9, 2019 for a report of a dog bite victim. The victim, a young girl, was treated by EMS personnel and taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport for treatment. The girl’s doctor told police “she will walk with a limp for the rest of her life,” according to the affidavit.

A witness told police the pitbull attacked the girl at the 1100 block of Freed Place. Several people attempted to get the dog off the girl as she was taken to the ground, according to the affidavit.

Police interviewed Pinkney’s roommate, who came home after she heard about the dog attack. The roommate told police Pinkney was at work, and that the dog got out through an unsecured back door. She also told police the dog had been getting out of the house on a regular basis and that it had previously bitten another person, according to the affidavit.

Pinkney’s preliminary hearing at the office of District Magistrate Christian D. Frey is set for 2 p.m. September 24. Bail was set at $10,000 monetary.