A Betsy Layne resident is accused, for the second time, of harboring a vicious animal.

On Tuesday, June 25, a criminal summons was filed in Floyd District Court against Michael Mullins, 41, of Betsy Layne, charging him with harboring a vicious animal, a misdemeanor.

The criminal summons is similar to another case filed against Mullins in January, for the same alleged incident, which occurred on Jan. 11.

Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley and Superintendent Danny Adkins reported on that day that a parent of a student at Betsy Layne Elementary School was attacked by a pit bull when she came to pick up her child. The incident occurred near school property sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., when students were released for pickup that day, Adkins previously reported. Floyd county Sheriff John Hunt said the investigation revealed that the dog broke a chain prior to the attack.

The first case was filed on behalf of Natashia Hunt, who alleged that Mullins allowed two dogs to “roam streets freely” outside of the school and they attacked her, “causing serious physical injury to her leg” and causing her to require “multiple surgeries.”

The second criminal summons was issued on the same day and time as the first case, but it was not served on Mullins until last week.

In that case, Katara Tackett alleges that the two dogs damaged her vehicle on Jan. 11. 

Mullins was placed on a diversion program in the first case filed against him. 

A hearing is scheduled to be held in that case on Feb. 13, 2020. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge in the second case on July 10. 

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