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Owner of pit bull that bit twice in one day fined

Mariah Mahoney with a pit bull dog, via Facebook
Mariah Mahoney with a pit bull dog, via Facebook

MASON CITY – A young pit bull dog bit its owner’s roommate twice in one day, leading to charges and an eventual fine.

Mason City police say that on June 2, 2016, at 12:30 pm, a person reported her dog had bitten her 19-year-old roommate on the arm next door at 1526 North Penn. The caller was able to get her dog off her roommate and confined before police, fire medics, and animal control arrived.

The roommate was transported to Mercy Hospital by fire dept staff. The extent of the victim’s injuries are unknown but the wounds did appear to need immediate medical attention.

This was the 2nd time in 24 hrs that the dog had bitten her roommate. The first time was not reported to police. The dog, a 2 year-old pitbull, is current on its rabies vaccination but did not have a current city license.

The owner, Mariah Mahoney was cited for No Animal License. On June 13, she was found guilty by a judge and ordered to pay $127.50 in fines and court costs.

The dog was quarantined by animal control for 10 days.  It was not immediately clear if the dog was euthanized.

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