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Animal Control: "This was an unprovoked attack"

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By: Alexandra Cowley

acowley@abc6.com

The video tells the entire story for Pawtucket Animal Control Supervisor John Holmes. Holmes watched the chaos unravel as ABC 6 reporter Abbey Niezgoda and photographer Marc Jackson were assaulted by a Providence woman during an assignment Tuesday. 

"You can hear her command the dogs to go attack," described Holmes as he watched the video. 

Holmes noticed the dogs were on the porch during the altercation between Melissa Lawrence and the ABC 6 crew. In it, reporter Niezgoda attempts to get reaction from Lawrence on a weekend shooting involving her daughter. A 16-year-old turned himself into police, in connection to her daughter's shooting. 

Instead of a comment, Lawrence throws a rock, brings out a bat, and then sics her two dogs on our crew. The crew were on a public street, never on Lawrence's property. 

"That reporter is lucky she wasn't hurt more than she was, it's cases like this that are why we banned pit bulls altogether in the city," said Holmes. 

Holmes says the city of Pawtucket had many cases similar to this one. He says the owners are to blame, not the breed.

Providence Animal Control attempted to locate the dogs Tuesday Evening and Wednesday, but were not successful. If Lawrence does not cooperate with a mandatory 10-day quarantine for the dogs, she could face up to 30-days in prison. 

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