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The owners of two dogs stand accused of having dangerous animals after the canines attacked and killed a resident's pets in Strasburg earlier this month.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office charged Teresa Heishman, 41, of 230 Bluebell Lane, and James L. Garrett Jr., 42, 377 Junction Road, both of Strasburg, each with one civil violation of possessing a dangerous or vicious dog, according to Lt. Wes Dellinger. They both are scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on May 18.
The suspect dogs, a black pit bull and a black Labrador retriever left their owners' homes nearby and attacked two canines in the 100 block of Bluebell Lane on April 15, according to Dellinger. The suspect dogs killed a Jack Russell Terrier and maimed a mixed-breed canine in the incident, Dellinger said. The terrier died at the scene from its injuries. Animal control officers took the mixed-breed dog to a clinic in Winchester but the pet died the next day, according to Dellinger.
The dogs were placed in the county shelter after being taken into custody by animal control officers, Dellinger said.
Heishman and Garrett live a short distance from where the incident occurred, according to Dellinger. Authorities believe the pit bull and the Labrador traveled away from their homes together and then attacked the other two dogs, Dellinger said.