Woman Faces 12 Charges In Pit Bull Attack

Police: 3 Dogs Mauled Woman, Man Last Fall

An Indianapolis woman was charged on Thursday, more than four months after police said three pit bulls she was caring for attacked two people behind her home.

Carolyn Boss, 50, was citied on Nov. 3, after the dogs attacked a man and a woman in the alley behind her home in the 2800 block of Brookside Ave., police said.

Carrolle Bales told police she was taking a short cut through the alley, when the dogs ran out of a yard and attacked her. She was dragged to the ground and one of her arms broken, according to the probable cause affidavit.

"There was no way I could run or anything," she told 6News' Jack Rinehart after the attack. "One of them grabbed my jacket and started pulling on it and I started kicking and another one grabbed my leg."

A friend of Bales' -- Thomas Wimberly -- heard her screaming and tried to drive the dogs away from her, but they attacked him instead, he told police. He also suffered dog bites on his legs, arms and face.

"I don't know where the strength came from," he said at the time. "It was scared, it was anger and when they started biting me I was mad for that too, so I had to protect myself."

Boss surrendered the dogs at the time of the incident and was cited by Marion County Animal Care and Control with the possibility of being charged at a later date.

On Thursday, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office filed 12 charges against her -- six counts of dog bit causing serious bodily injury and six counts of harboring a non-immunized dog.

Police said the dogs had been kept outside the homes in poor conditions. They were destroyed a week after the attack.

Boss said she was caring for the dogs for her son, who was in prison.