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Affidavit Shows Dog in Mauling had Attacked Others

In a strange twist, an affidavit revealed the dog that killed a 75-year-old woman is from the same litter as a dog that killed a 5-year-old boy in June.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR -- In a strange twist, an affidavit revealed the dog that killed a 75-year-old woman is from the same litter as a dog that killed a 5-year-old boy in June.

The bullmastiff/pitbull mix attacked Joan Kappen Nov. 21, now the dog's owners are facing criminal charges. Warrants have been issued for Brande Michelle Coy and her daughter Emily Ann Coy. Brande is wanted for manslaughter, unlawful dog attack and harboring a vicious animal. Emily Ann Coy has a warrant for harboring a vicious animal.

The findings of the Hot Springs Village Police Department also reveal the dog known as 'Patrone' had a history of aggression, biting or snapping at a number of people on multiple occasions.

"Brande Coy knew or had to reason to know that the bullmastiff/pitbul mix breed dog (Patrone) had a propensity to attack, cause injury, or endanger the safety of other persons without provocation," the affidavit states.

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

The affidavit also states that Emily Coy had been bitten on two separate occasions, and she was aware that Patrone had bit a neighbor in 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(sic) 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."

The report concluded, "The action of recklessly allowing the dog out in a public area unsupervised and unsecured contributed to and resulted in the death of Kappen."

The Hot Springs Village Police says the bullmastiff attacked Kappen after someone let the dog out of the house unsupervised.

The bullmastiff was euthanized upon the family's request.
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