Alleged Dog Attack in Upper Bucks County Prompts Legal Action Woman Charged After Neighbor Sustains Injuries

Alleged Dog Attack in Upper Bucks County Prompts Legal Action: Woman Charged After Neighbor Sustains Injuries

A 48-year-old Upper Bucks County woman is facing criminal charges for failing to control her dog, which attacked and critically injured a neighbor just 10 days after a judge pronounced the pet dangerous and ordered her to take safety precautions.

On May 24, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a report of a dog attack in the 30 block of Evelyn Lane as the victim was carried into an ambulance with severe injuries to his right hand and arm, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

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According to the complaint, the victim informed police that earlier that night he went for a walk with his two dogs and seen his neighbor, Emily Whalen, park her car near her home on Evelyn Lane in Milford. Whalen allegedly got out of her car, looked at the victim, and then left the driver’s side door open before entering her home and locking the front door behind her.

As the victim passed Whalen’s unattended vehicle, her pitbull-terrier mix ran out the open door and bit one of the victim’s dogs, according to authorities. The man was bitten as he attempted to separate the dogs. After separating the dogs, the victim claims Whalen’s dog attacked him again.

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A neighbor came to aid the victim and put a collar on Whalen’s dog. According to the affidavit, Whalen exited her home after the second attack and assisted the neighbor in regaining control of her dog. She also apologized.

According to authorities, the victim suffered two broken fingers, torn tendons, nerve damage, and cuts and puncture wounds, as well as the loss of sensation in four fingers on his right hand.

A state trooper attempted to reach Whalen, but she refused to open the door, despite the fact that he banged for 30 minutes, according to the affidavit. “Whalen has completely refused to participate in the investigation. “It could not be verified that the dog is licensed,” the affidavit stated.

Whalen faces three misdemeanor charges, including a dog attack that resulted in significant harm or death. She has a preliminary hearing planned later this month.

Whalen did not have a counsel listed on the docket, and she did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

According to the affidavit and court docket, Whalen was convicted of harboring a dangerous dog on May 14 in a summary trial following an April incident.
At the time, she was advised that the dog had to be registered, muzzled, collared, leashed, and kept under physical control at all times outside the home.

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