Winston-Salem couple’s dogs attack again

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- For the second time in nine months, dogs belonging to Dewane Rickman and Debra Holland attacked a woman who was walking down Gholson Avenue, Animal Control said.

In September, Rickman and Holland faced civil penalties. Now, each faces two counts of assault.

According to arrest warrants, Rickman and Holland allowed three of their pit bull mixes to attack a FedEx delivery woman and the man who attempted to save her.

Animal Control arrested the couple Monday, and Rickman and Holland were in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $6,500 bond as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In September, five pit bull mixes belonging to Rickman and Holland attacked a neighbor, Kim Payne.

Payne suffered deep puncture wounds to her arm and thigh.

Animal Control confiscated four adult dogs and seven puppies at that time.

Animal Control Director Tim Jennings said the three pit bulls from the more recent attack are different animals purchased after the September attack.

Jennings said now that the couple is charged criminally, a judge can choose to bar them from owning animals for a period of time.

Jennings said there is no state law or county ordinance that can prohibit the couple from buying more dogs, and that a strictly enforced court order is the only way to stop them from getting more dogs.