Jason Lamont Alexander and Amanda Leigh Wilson
BRISTOL, Va. — Police announced Thursday the arrests of two people in what had been described as a "vicious" dog attack that injured a woman and her daughter last week in a Bristol park.
Jason Lamont Alexander, 37, and Amanda Leigh Wilson, 28, both of Bristol, Va., were charged Wednesday with violating a Virginia law governing the control of dangerous or vicious dogs.
About 2 p.m. on June 14, police were called to Moore Street Park, where Lisa Manis, 36, 601 Mary St., No. 152, and her 6-year-old daughter were injured in the attack by a pit bull named "Hitler."
Police said Manis and her daughter had gone to Apt. No. 135 in the same complex, where Alexander and Wilson were keeping the dog for owners Adam Geiger and Stephanie Worley of Bristol, Tenn., after its release from a local animal shelter.
Manis reportedly asked to take the dog for a walk, and both Manis and the girl took the dog to the park. Manis had previously taken the dog for a walk the day before the attack.
While the child was on a swing set, the dog attacked her, grabbing and causing puncture wounds to her leg. Manis tried to get the dog off of the girl, who ran for help as the dog turned on Manis. The pit bull kept on biting and tearing at Manis until another person warded off the animal by striking it with an umbrella.
Both mother and daughter were treated for injuries at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
According to shelter documents, the dog had been placed in Alexander and Wilson's custody on May 25 after the dog had bit two children in Sullivan County. The dog was apparently quarantined because it had not been vaccinated before the attack. The two children who were attacked are reportedly Jason Lamont Alexander's children, police said.
The dog was released from the Sullivan County Animal Shelter on June 11 — three days before the attack in Bristol — and was brought at various times to the Rice Terrace apartment where Alexander was staying.
Police said the charges were placed because Alexander and Wilson failed to advise Lisa Manis of the previous attack and allowed her to take the dog without any knowledge that the dog was vicious.
Alexander and Wilson were held in the Bristol, Va., Jail. Alexander's bond was $5,000, and Wilson's was $2,500.