Donora house deemed unfit for occupancy

Occupants of home owned dogs that mauled young boy, woman

April 9, 2014
Donora officials declared this house at 665 Thompson Ave. unsafe for occupancy the day after a young boy and a woman were attacked by dogs outside it in March. On Tuesday, borough police charged the occupants of the house, Brandy Pritchard and Eric Yakubik, with endangering the welfare of children due to the deplorable conditions inside. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The owners of dogs that attacked a young boy and a woman last month in Donora are facing unrelated charges of endangering the welfare of children.

The charges filed Tuesday against Brandy Lee Pritchard and Eric Yakubik, both 36 and from Donora, stem from the deplorable condition of the house they were living in with their two children March 26 when their pit bull mixes attacked a 6-year-old boy and a 64-year-old woman, Donora police said Wednesday.

Donora officials deemed the house at 665 Thompson Ave. unfit for occupancy after as many as eight of their dogs got loose and attacked Julius Harvey, a boy from the neigborhood who was leaving the house at the time. He since has been released Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, police said.

Police discovered dog feces and urine throughout the house during the investigation into the dog attack on Harvey and Carol Kelemen, who also lives in the neighborhood and went ouside after hearing the boy screaming. Another neighbor was able to get some of the dogs off the boy before a Donora police officer rescued him.

Warrants were issued Wednesday for the arrests of Pritchard and Yakubik.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone said he was not yet contacted by Donora police to discuss the filing of charges against them in connection with the dog mauling case.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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