Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Zephyrhills couple tried to stop disabled man from getting help after their dogs attacked him, deputies say

ZEPHYRHILLS — A man and woman were arrested and charged with abusing a disabled adult after Pasco sheriff's deputies said they tried to stop a man in a wheelchair from calling 911 when their pit bull terriers charged him.

Brandi Nicole Page, 22, and Dannie Carl Rayford Jr., 31, live together as girlfriend and boyfriend at 4033 Edwin Drive, according to deputies' reports.

When Harold Underwood, 42, passed their home in his electric wheelchair, pit bulls ran out and charged him, deputies said. Underwood, who said he is 100 percent disabled from a stroke, told deputies this has happened before and that he hit one of the dogs with his cane.

Then Rayford came out and told Underwood to "get off [his] property." Rayford tried to dump Underwood from his wheelchair onto the ground, and when Page came outside, she noticed Underwood was calling 911 and grabbed his arm to try to stop him.

Underwood said he was left alone after Page's mother came out from her neighboring home and told the couple to stop.

Page and Rayford denied touching Underwood, and Page said she is tired of neighbors calling animal control about her six pit bulls. Page's mother, Deanna Page, said Underwood parks his wheelchair by the homes and yells for no reason. She said Rayford was moving Underwood off his property and admitted her daughter's involvement after initially denying it.

Brandi Page and Rayford were booked into the Land O' Lakes jail Monday afternoon and released that night on $5,000 bail each.

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