Two women who owned a dog responsible for the death of an elderly Hot Springs Village woman now face charges stemming from the attack.
Brande Coy, 50, and Emily Coy, 25, will be charged with in the mauling death of 75-year-old Joan Kappen, who was attacked by their bull mastiff while while walking on the morning of Nov. 21, according to a news release from the Saline County prosecutor’s office.
Saline County Prosecutor Ken Casady said the affidavits have been filed in the case, though neither woman has been taken into custody.
Brande Coy will be charged with manslaughter, a felony, as well as an unlawful dog attack. Both she and Emily Coy will be charged with harboring a vicious animal.
The manslaughter charge carries with it a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, according to the release.
“Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister found probable cause for all counts on both warrants,” the release stated.
The release added that the prosecuting attorney's office expects both women to turn themselves in at the Saline County jail.
Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.