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Bradenton woman charged with using pit bull as deadly weapon

MANATEE — Police arrested a Bradenton woman on a charge she ordered her pit bull dog to attack her roommate during an argument, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

Officers arrested Karen A. Meslin, 51, on Saturday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after the animal bit Meslin’s roommate on both forearms, the police report said.

When Meslin and her roommate began arguing in their home in the 2000 block of Fifth Street West, she ordered her dog to attack the victim, according to the police report.

The victim grabbed a knife as the dog bit him and stabbed the animal until Meslin pulled the pit bull off him. The victim then ran from the home and called 911. The victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment for dog bites, and Manatee County Animal Services took the pit bull for treatment of its wounds.

Meslin has since been released from the Manatee County jail on $2,000 bond.