Sheila Stogsdill

Special to the Grove Sun

GROVE – A Delaware County woman pleaded not guilty in connection to a dog attack that left an 11-year-old boy with over 100 stitches.

Kathy Baker, attorney for Connie Norris, of Grove, appeared in Grove Municipal Court last week and entered the not guilty plea. Norris was issued a citation for keeping a dog in an annoying manner and dog bite by Grove police after her black and white Great Dane bit the boy’s face and neck at the Humane Society dog walk.

The organization is a private organization and not affiliated with the city.

Norris is to appear in Grove Municipal Court on Jan. 14, according to city officials.

Troy Helms, of Grove, underwent an hour-long surgery on Oct. 10 after he was bitten and shaken by the dog. Dave and Beverly Helms, Troy’s parents attended the hearing but declined to comment on the proceedings.

According to a Grove police report, Helms fell down while trying to catch his own dog, a golden retriever, that had gotten lose. While he was down the Great Dane attacked him, records show. Witnesses reported Helms was attacked by the Great Dane and after the dog was pulled from the attack Norris loaded up the dog and left, the report states.

Baker said earlier the boy was running after his own dog, fell and tumbled and rolled into the Great Dane.

Initially Norris told authorities her dog did not attack Helms, but later changed her story saying her dog might have been involved. She later told authorities her dog might have bitten the boy’s neck but not his face, and then told authorities Helms’s own dog bit the boy’s face, the report states.

The dog has not been euthanized, the police department confirmed.