Providence, R.I., TV crew attacked by dogs while on assignment

June 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 5 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island woman was arraigned Wednesday on charges she let her dogs loose to attack a TV crew trying to interview her for a story.

Melissa Lawrence of Providence can be seen in video throwing a rock at a WLNE-TV crew Tuesday, then wielding a baseball bat and sending her dogs to attack the Providence TV station's reporter and cameraman.

WLNE-TV reporter Abbey Niezgoda and photographer Marc Jackson showed up at Lawrence's home to ask questions about an arrest related to a weekend shooting in which the woman's 16-year-old daughter was wounded at a kindergarten graduation party at the residence.

The woman can be seen on the video cursing at the news crew and then unleashing her two dogs and saying "sic 'em." One dog bit Niezgoda.

The TV station said the city's animal control staff was unable to find the dogs.

Lawrence was arraigned in Providence District Court on two felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and released on $50,000 personal recognizance, WLNE-TV said.

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