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Charge dropped against dog owner due to paperwork error

Posted: 7:09 PM, Apr 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-12 19:41:01-04

BATAVIA, Ohio -- The owner of a dog considered "dangerous" by the Clermont County dog warden dodged a charge again Thursday due to another mistake by an officer. 

A judge dismissed a charged against Vonya Harrison for the second time in the last nine months. An officer misidentified the dog on a citation, and served it to the wrong person.

The 9 On Your Side I-Team previously reported on how Harrison had been charged four times with failure to confine or restrain her dog, Boss, in the last 14 months. Another dog owner, Maegan Baldwin, said Boss attacked her dog three times since January of last year. And a neighbor said Boss also bit his hand. 

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Baldwin watched as another charge against Harrison was dismissed Thursday.

"I can understand that somebody made mistake," she said. "It does happen, but unfortunately in this situation, it's happened a lot."

Last summer, Judge Jesse Kramig dismissed a dangerous dog charge against Harrison at the prosecutor's request after an officer failed to appear in court.

"We needed to stay more on top of that," dog warden Curtis Bonhoff previously told WCPO. 

Harrison previously said she doesn't feel that she's done anything wrong.

"I feel like I've taken all the necessary steps that I could take," she said.

Harrison said she'll fight to keep her dog.

She didn't show up for court Thursday.

"It's hard. It is," Baldwin said. "It's disappointing."

After the hearing, the charge was filed a third time against Harrison. Another hearing will be scheduled to determine if Boss will be classified as "dangerous" under state law. If that happens, Harrison will be required to pay a fee, microchip Boss and will face bigger fines if he gets loose again.