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Judge sets deadline to give up dog

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 29, 2004

PINELLAS PARK - A judge has ordered a woman to get rid of her mixed breed dog by Thursday or find herself in contempt of court. If Helen Bednarski does not move Prone out of Pinellas Park by then, city officials plan to remove the animal themselves.

Bednarski's three dogs had attacked a mail carrier, who was wounded in the head and leg. Pinellas County ordered two of the dogs to be destroyed but returned Prone because there was not enough evidence to show the animal had inflicted serious injury. However, Pinellas Park officials charged Bednarski with violating their dangerous dog ordinance.

Bednarski pleaded guilty and agreed to get rid of Prone. She later tried to change her plea, saying officials had coerced her into saying she was guilty. A judge refused to allow her to change her plea and found her guilty of violating the ordinance. The city then moved for an order forcing her to get Prone permanently out of the city.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer on Thursday gave her a week to comply.

[Last modified February 29, 2004, 01:15:11]

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