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Woman charged in mauling knew dogs were aggressive

December 23, 2011
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NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The arrest warrant for a woman charged in the pit bull attack that killed her toddler niece says she has a history of keeping dogs that are overly aggressive.

Erica Hobdy of West Haven was jailed on charges including criminally negligent homicide following a Thursday appearance at Milford Superior Court.

Her 23-month-old niece, Nevaeh Bryant, was mauled to death by three pit bulls in Hobdy's apartment on Sept. 30.

The New Haven Register ( http://bit.ly/vTy6Gz) reports that the girl suffered 80 puncture wounds from 20 separate bites.

The warrant says two of the dogs involved in the mauling, King and Trina, attacked a terrier as it walked on a leash last year and were barred from walking outside without a leash or muzzle.

A friend, Richard Taylor, said Hobdy would never intend for Nevaeh to be hurt.

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