Hearing Waived In Dog Bite Case

A Plymouth Meeting man is heading for trial on criminal charges stemming from his dog’s attack on a five-year-old girl last month.

53-year-old Gary McKeown has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County Court.  Police say he allowed his German Shepherd named Max to roam free, even though it had attacked three other people in the past, including two children ages ten and eleven.  The girl had gone with her mother to shop at the Maple Acres Farm, which McKeown owns.  It sells fresh produce to the public on Narcissa Road behind the Plymouth Meeting Mall.  They started petting the dog when it turned on the girl and bit her on the neck.  She needed surgery for a punctured larynx and badly damaged vocal cords, and she may never speak normally.  Police say McKeown violated a Montgomery County Health Department order to keep the dog leashed or within a secure area, and it has been euthanized since the attack.