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Woman pleads guilty in dog attack that killed 89-year-old woman

Mary Gehring died and her 12-year-old great-grandson was injured in the September attack.

GOLDEN, Colo. — A woman pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts related to a dog attack last year in Golden that killed an 89-year-old woman and wounded a 12-year-old boy.

Officers responded just before 3:35 p.m. on Sept. 14 to the 15700 block of West 1st Drive for a report of an animal bite, the Golden Police Department said. Mary Gehring and her 12-year-old great-grandson had been attacked by the dogs in a fenced-in backyard and were taken to the hospital.

>The video above aired in October when charges were filed.

Gehring, 89, died due to her injuries. Her great-grandson suffered serious injuries.

On March 6, Kayla Mooney pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog. As a result of the plea, she was sentenced to a stipulated two-year deferred judgment with an agreement to the following conditions:

  • 100 hours of useful public service
  • No dog ownership for one year. After that, one dog per household, under 20 pounds for the duration of the two-year period.
  • Must enroll in a dog ownership class

According to an arrest affidavit in the case, Mooney is Gehring's granddaughter and the mother of the injured boy.

Victor Bentley, who is also charged in the case, is Mooney's boyfriend. His case is still pending. He's next due in court for an arraignment on April 3.

The two dogs were captured and taken to a veterinary hospital for evaluation and treatment. One of the dogs was euthanized due to injuries from the attack, and the other dog was also euthanized after the owners surrendered ownership to Foothills Animal Shelter.

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