Trial for dog-attack case will be continued |

Trial for dog-attack case will be continued

RIFLE, Colo. – A continuance has been scheduled for the woman whose pit bull allegedly mauled an elderly Silt woman in September until her attorney can appear in court.Julie Dawn Sullivan, 32, of Silt, the owner of the pit bull, was in Garfield County Court in Rifle on Wednesday morning and a continuance was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 6.Last week, Sullivan pleaded guilty to a dog licensing violation, but pleaded not guilty to the charge of ownership of a dangerous dog inflicting bodily harm. She has requested a judge trial in the case, which will be heard by county Judge Jason Jovanovich.The alleged victim in the pit bull attack, Judy McGruder, 74, of Silt, said she was mauled by the dog on Sept. 22 while going to pick up her grandson and ended up at Sullivan’s residence by mistake. McGruder was on her way back to her car when the dog allegedly bit her on the left arm, leg and backside as well as the head. She was hospitalized for several days.The 3-year-old pit bull, Butterbean, has since been euthanized.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO

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