Owner of dogs who attacked Marion County woman charged with third degree felony

Owner of dogs who attacked Marion County woman charged with third degree felony
and booked into the Marion County jail under a $15,000.00 bond, officials say.  (Source: Marion Co. jail)

MARION COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The owner of three dogs who attacked a woman in Marion County was arrested on February 15.

Melissa Renae Rodriguez, 52, was charged with Attack by Dog, a third degree felony, and booked into the Marion County jail under a $15,000.00 bond, officials say.  She posted bond and was released the following day.

A Jefferson woman remains hospitalized with injuries resulting from the dog attack, which occurred on February 6. The victim, whose name is not being released, suffered serious wounds resulting from this attack.

According to Marion County Sheriff David McKnight, Rodriguez had been cited several times in the past for violations concerning the dogs, and the dogs had been involved in another biting incident, but in that case, the victim failed to pursue charges.

The sheriff's office says Rodriguez was aware of the vicious nature of the dogs, and she allegedly allowed them to escape their enclosure. The attack occurred on the subdivision roadway near Rodriguez's home. They also say that Rodriguez and the victim knew each other.

A seizure warrant was obtained by the sheriff's office and the three dogs were picked up by the local Humane Society on February 8.  On February 9, the sheriff says the dogs destroyed their kennels and escaped from the Humane Society facility.  Due to the dogs being at large in a community, and the obvious dangerous nature of them, all three dogs had to be destroyed, the sheriff says.

This incident occurred in the Pine Harbor subdivision located off FM 729, west of Jefferson.

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