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Published: Saturday, 3/22/2014 - Updated: 1 year ago


Woman bitten by 3 dogs is charged

Victim accused of trespassing


SWANTON — A Fulton County woman who was seriously hurt in a dog-bite incident last month has been charged with criminal trespassing.

Susan Haddad, 59, of 2469 County Road D in Swancreek Township was severely injured the morning of Feb. 11 by three American bulldogs after entering her neighbor’s house at 2485 County Road D, south of Swanton and west of Whitehouse. The Fulton County Sheriff's Office said Ms. Haddad indicated she had been trying to visit William and Amy Stalder, though they were not home at the time.

She received bites to the face, neck, legs, and arms before being able to return to her own home, where her husband called 911.

Scott Hasleman, the county prosecutor, said Ms. Haddad “did, without privilege to do so, knowingly enter or remain on the land or premises of another,” resulting in the fourth-degree misdemeanor charge. He said her injuries were not considered when determining whether she should be charged.

Mr. Stalder, the dogs' owner, will not face any charges.

“After reviewing all of the relevant reports, it was determined that no criminal charges against the dog owners were warranted,” Mr. Hasleman said.

Brian Banister, the county dog warden, said the three dogs were properly licensed and remain at home with their owners.

Mr. Stalder did not return several voicemail messages. Ms. Haddad told The Blade previously she was healing and did not harbor any ill will toward her neighbors. She did not return phone calls this week seeking additional comment.

Ms. Haddad was issued a summons and will be arraigned April 3 in Fulton County's Eastern District Court.

Contact Alexandra Mester: amester@theblade.com, 419-724-6066, or on Twitter @AlexMesterBlade.

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