Timothy Dewayne Coleman and Tiara Deshawn Thomas have both been charged with “Dog Attack” after two pit bull dogs killed Christina Bell on Jan. 5 of this year. Witnesses say the dogs attacked Bell in the 7600 block of Glen Prairie. HPD Investigators say at least one of the pit bull dogs belonged to Coleman and Thomas. Both were arrested without incident.
In making the announcement, District Attorney Devon Anderson said vicious dog attacks causing serious bodily injury or death will not be tolerated in Harris County, adding that dog owners who allow this type of aggressive behavior to occur will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“Many people believe their dog is a loving member of their family and will not bite, but given the right situation most dogs can attack. You must be a responsible pet owner,” the district attorney said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year and nearly 900,000 require medical attention, she pointed out, adding that in 2012 more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
“Sadly, Christina Bell’s life could not be saved, but we haven’t forgotten her and we are seeking justice in this horrible case,” Anderson said.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has two prosecutors who specialize in animal cruelty and dog attack cases. ADA Jessica Milligan is prosecuting the case involving Coleman and Thomas. If convicted, each could face 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 dollar fine.