Court docs: James City man charged in connection with Colonial Heritage dog attack

Staff Writer

A James City County man has been charged with failing to maintain control of two dogs under his care.

Aaron Christopher Ripley, 21, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of permitting a dog to run at large, according to summonses filed in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

The charges are in connection with an Oct. 12 incident that left one dog seriously injured, according to the court filing.

Ripley’s mother, Sandra Jane Ripley, 57, also was charged in the incident, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

Two pit bulls owned by Sandra Ripley but under Aaron Ripley’s care were loose on Oct. 12 and attacked a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Colonial Heritage, according to Virginia Gazette archives and the court filing.

The two dogs “Roxy” and “Aurora” fractured the spaniel’s ribs, collapsed at least one of its lungs, injured its ear and generally wounded the spaniel, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

Karl Muller, a resident of Colonial Heritage and previously an informal spokesman for residents, said in a Twitter direct message that the spaniel died of its injuries although the court filings do not make that clear.

The Williamsburg-James City County General District Court previously adjudicated one of the two pit bulls to be a dangerous dog, the court filings said.

Online court records show Aaron Ripley has a litany of dog-related criminal charges including multiple convictions for dog at large and permitting a dog to roam.

Aaron Ripley has also been convicted for failure to vaccinate at least one dog for Rabies, failure to purchase a dog license and one civil charge of dangerous dog, according to online court records.

Aaron Ripley has been ordered to appear before the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m., according to the summonses.

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