Police: James City woman charged after Colonial Heritage dog attack


A James City County woman was charged after two of her dogs were loose and attacked another dog in Colonial Heritage.

James City County police charged Sandra Jane Ripley, 57, with misdemeanors including two counts of dog at large, one count of violating a dangerous dog order, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Ripley was also given a summons for having a dangerous dog, Williams said. The summons will result in a hearing, which will determine whether or not the dog is dangerous.

While the two dogs were loose on Oct. 12, the dogs attacked a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Colonial Heritage, according to Williams.

The two dogs fractured the spaniel’s ribs, collapsed at least one of its lungs, injured its ear and wounded the dog, Williams said.

The Williamsburg-James City County General District Court previously adjudicated one of the two dogs to be a dangerous dog, according to Williams. Online court records show Ripley was found guilty of owning dangerous dogs in 2017.

Ripley has been tried and convicted on two misdemeanor charges of allowing a dog to roam and dog at large in 2017, according to online court records.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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