A woman who falsified the vaccination records of her pit bull after it bit a 5-year-old Longview boy pleaded guilty Thursday to forgery and a dangerous dog attack.
Kimberly Vasquez’s jury trial for the felony charges was supposed to begin next Monday in Cowlitz Superior Court. She will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jason Laurine.
On Aug. 26, 2012, Vasquez’s pit bull attacked a 5-year-old boy riding his bike on a sidewalk at 223 Cypress St. The dog, a 3-year-old female named Lexi, tore a chunk out of the boy’s calf, which required 40 stitches. The wound became infected, and the child needed a skin graft.
The boy required rabies shots because the Humane Society discovered that Vasquez, 40, had falsified Lexi’s rabies vaccination certificate, and the dog couldn’t be found. Vasquez told authorities her son had taken Lexi and she didn’t know the dog’s whereabouts.
More than a week after the attack, Vasquez turned over a female pit bull to animal control, claiming it was Lexi. However, 13 of Vasquez’s neighbors said it wasn’t the same dog. The real Lexi never turned up, according to the Humane Society.
The Humane Society last year fined Vasquez more than $1,000 for allowing Lexi to bite a human, allowing her to run at large and failure to have a current license. Vasquez also was cited for failing to meet the requirements for keeping a dangerous dog.