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Owner of Mandan dogs that attacked woman, child to pay $10,000

MANDAN, N.D. -- The owner of two dogs that attacked a woman and her 7-year-old daughter in July will have to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Antoinette Fleck pleaded guilty on Oct. 31 in Mandan Municipal Court to one count of violating the city's vicious dog ordinance. Judge DeNae Kautzmann ordered Antoinette Fleck to pay $10,000 in restitution and $500 in court fines and fees.

On July 22, Fleck's dogs attacked Christine Rebenitsch and her daughter, Faith Geiger, while they were walking.

The attack left Faith Geiger with a broken leg and hundreds of stitches. Photos of her injuries were presented at an emotional Mandan City Commission meeting in August, when commissioners discussed revisions to the city's current vicious dog ordinance.

Wes Geiger declined to comment on the sentence Fleck received and referred questions about whether the family intends to file a civil suit against Fleck to their attorney, Damian Heuttl. Heuttl did not return a call seeking comment.

Faith, who used a wheelchair after the attack, started walking this past week, according to Wes Geiger.

Fleck also received a year of unsupervised probation, during which she is not allowed to have any dogs. The dogs were euthanized after the attack.

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