Pitbull bites woman during money dispute
A 28-year-old New Canaan woman was charged Saturday after her pitbull bit a woman during a fight Friday night over money owed to the dog owner’s friend, according to police.
Heidi Lueders, 28, of Marshall Ridge Road, was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and second-degree reckless endangerment and Melanie Numa, 19, of Cove Ave., Norwalk, was charged with disorderly conduct, according to New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro.
The pitbull owned by Lueders left three scratches and a pin-sized red hole where the bite broke the skin on the woman’s calf, Ferraro said.
Police were called by Lueders and Numa, who reported being assaulted and robbed after going to a home on Winfield Lane, but police ended up charging them instead of a Norwalk woman and her boyfriend house-sitting at the address.
“After investigating, it was determined Heidi and Melanie were the aggressors confronting the victim about money that was owed,” Ferraro said.
On Friday, Aug. 7, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Lueders and Numa allegedly went to the Winfield Lane home and banged on the front door. The women argued with a 22-year-old Norwalk woman housesitting at the residence about $100 she owed to Numa, according to Ferraro.
During the incident Numa attacked the Norwalk woman, Ferraro said. When the woman’s 25-year-old boyfriend came to her defense, Lueders allegedly grabbed him by the neck with both hands, Ferraro said.
At some point, the 70-pound pitbull owned by Lueders was let out of a car and bit the 22-year-old Norwalk woman’s leg, Ferraro said. The boyfriend of the woman gave Lueders and Numa the $100, Ferraro said.
Lueders and Numa were released on promises to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Aug. 18, according to Ferraro.
Lueders is listed online as a professional dog trainer who runs the business Square One K-9 Behavior, and as president of Bully Breed Rescue Inc., a non-profit organization that has rescued dogs since 2005.
Reached by phone, Lueders declined comment but said she is no longer president of the group but a volunteer. The dog has been placed in a 14-day quarantine under state law law. The quarantine is to end Aug. 22.