LOWELL -- A dispute over dogs in one Lowell apartment building has gone from the dog house to the court house.
In Lowell District Court last week, Donna Lyons, 41, of 339 Westford St., Apt. 4, Lowell, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on a disabled person and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Lyons was summonsed to court in connection with the June 13 incident. She was released without bail on the condition she have no intentional contact with the alleged victim.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.
According to court documents, police were dispatched to 339 Westford St. in regards to an argument. Police found a number of people in the second-floor hallway.
The caller told police she and her sister have had issues with Lyons' dogs. Her sister, who is disabled, suffers from Down syndrome and recently had heart surgery. She is also deathly afraid of dogs.
On this date, the caller and her sister were in the hallway with others when Lyons allegedly approached them in the hallway with her dogs on her way to her apartment. Lyons is alleged to have shoved the victim while the dogs "yapped/jumped" around the victim's legs, police allege.
The victim was upset and shaking as she was allegedly forced back into the banister, hurting her back, police allege.
In regards to the alleged incident, Lyons said that after returning from walking her dogs there was a group of people blocking the second-floor landing.
She alleges the group would not let her pass and began berating her and her dogs. Trying to avoid a confrontation, Lyons told police she "brushed" by the group to enter her apartment.
Lyons said her dogs were barking, but at no time did they become violent or have any contact with the group.
Another witness told police when Lyons entered the building with her dogs, words were exchanged and Lyons lightly bumped her shoulder against the victim to get by because the group blocked the hallway, according to court documents. She said she didn't perceive the bump to be forceful and it wasn't a shove.
Lyons allegedly told police she has permission from the landlord to have her dogs.
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