Woman charged with assault for throwing dog waste at neighbors

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by SHELTON GREEN & JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

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Posted on June 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 7:34 AM

AUSTIN -- An Austin dog owner is facing felony charges after losing control at a dog park in North Austin.

According to her arrest affidavit, 46-year-old Rebecca Trammell is charged with the second degree felony of aggravated assault.

Austin police say they received a disturbance call from the Canyon Creek Apartments' dog park. They found that a woman, Trammell, had become frustrated with another dog owner who she claims was not cleaning up his dog's feces.

According to the affidavit, Trammell picked up the feces and threw it at the dog's owner. She then picked up a large, jagged rock and threw it at the man's body. The rock missed the man by six inches. Due to the size and close proximity of the rock to the victim, officers say it could have caused serious bodily injury.

It didn't stop there. Police say Trammell also spit in the man's face.

After the incident, Trammell reportedly attacked another person. She admits she became angry because that dog owner did not have his animal on a leash. Police say Trammell grabbed the owner's leash, cutting his hand and seriously injuring him.

Trammell's bond has been set at $7,000. She has requested a Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MHMR) attorney to represent her.

Thursday evening the vast majority of the local dog owners who spoke to KVUE News reacting to Trammell’s arrest said they understand her frustration but they also thought she went about things the wrong way. 

“I think that that's a little bit too much, a little bit overboard, but I guess I can understand the frustration though," said Daniel Heydenburg, a local dog owner. 

KVUE went to Auditorium Shores along Lady Bird Lake where dogs and their owners are part of the scenery along with runners and cyclists. 

We wanted to know if the City of Austin’s Scoop the Poop campaign was having an effect. The overwhelming majority said it is. 

“Most people are self-conscious enough to know what's right and wrong and I think the city has a pretty good message about it," said dog owner Jay Willingham. 

Trammell is facing two to 20 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine.

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