NILES — Allowing her two dogs, both pit bulls, to run loose proved costly Wednesday for a Buchanan area woman.
Berrien County Trial Court Judge Scott Schofield sentenced Heather Marie Pruett, 33, of North Hamilton Drive on the western fringe of Niles Township, to 90 days in jail and 18 months of probation. In addition, she’ll be required to perform 180 hours of community service at a local animal shelter.
Also, she was ordered to pay $1,360 in fines and court costs and up to $30,000 in yet to be determined restitution to three Buchanan residents who are still recovering from injuries suffered when they were attacked by the dogs. Also injured was a dog one of the victims was walking, resulting in veterinary bills exceeding $400.
According to court documents, the attacks occurred several hours apart on Sept. 10, with the first involving Doyle Vergon, a former Buchanan city manager and commissioner.