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Saline Co. Women Surrender to Charges in Deadly Dog Attack

Brande Coy, 50, and her daughter Emily Coy, 25, turned themselves in at the Saline County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning.
BENTON, AR - Two women facing arrest warrants in a deadly 2013 dog attack have turned themselves in.

Brande Coy, 50, and her daughter Emily Coy, 25, surrendered to the Saline County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning and were booked into the jail.

Brande Coy faces charges of manslaughter/recklessly causing death, unlawful dog attack and harboring a vicious dog while her daughter faces a single charge of harboring a vicious dog.

Officials say Brande Coy, of Hot Springs Village, owned a bullmastiff/pitbull mix dog named Patrone that attacked and killed a 75-year-old neighbor on Nov. 21. Joan Kappen had been out walking near her home at the time of the attack.

Last week, an arrest affidavit in the case revealed that another dog from the same litter as Patrone had killed a 5-year-old Jessieville boy on June 9.

The affidavit also claims that Patrone's owner knew or had to reason to know his history of aggression, biting or snapping at a number of people on multiple occasions without provocation.

Brande Coy told investigators Patrone had bitten her sister in the face two months before Kappen's attack. Emily Coy revealed to an animal control officer that the dog would "bite out of fear," according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also stated that Emily Coy had been bitten on two separate occasions, and she was aware that Patrone had bitten a neighbor in the face in July 2012.

"Brande Coy recklessly allowed the dog to attack another person. Brande acted recklessly by allowing the dog out in a public area unsupervised and unsecured. Accoriding to witnesses, the dog had also been allowed out in a public area unsupervised and unsecure on at least one occasion to the incident involving Kappen," said the affidavit.

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