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Rebecca Trammell accused of assault with dog feces

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By Shelton Green

AUSTIN, Texas (KVUE/CNN) - Police say a Texas woman is facing felony charges for losing control at a neighborhood dog park in Austin.

Police say the woman attacked two of her neighbors and their dogs, even throwing one of the dog's feces at its owner. She told police she was sick of people not cleaning up after their pets.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are a built in part of the scenery at auditorium shores. This blend of pedestrians, peddlers and pooches is harmonious for the most part.

"I do notice that people here are pretty good with that. They have the culture of picking up after their dog which is good," said dog owner Pedro Velasquez.

A few miles north, picking up after their dogs is something tenants at the Canyon Oaks Apartments are encouraged to do. There's a dog park inside the complex and free bags for the taking.

Rebecca Trammell, a 46-year-old tenant there, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She told police she was fed up with people not picking up their pets.

Her arrest warrant says she went confronted two dog owners she claimed didn't pick up after their animals, even though one of them says he was walking to go get a bag at the time.

Police say Trammell admitted to hitting him with dog waste, spitting in his face, and barely missing him with a six inch rock.

"I think that that's a little bit too much, a little bit overboard, but I guess I can understand the frustration though," said dog owner Daniel Heydenburg.

Back downtown, there's a perception that the city's "Scoop the Poop" campaign is working.

"Most people are self-conscious enough to know what's right and wrong and I think the city has a pretty good message about it," said dog owner Jay Willingham.

If convicted, Trammell faces two to 20 years behind bars and a possible $10,000 fine.


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