More than a dozen people from Mountain Ranch turned out Monday morning for a court appearance by Sheryl Sellers, the owner of the two pit bulls that killed Yates.
is charged with allowing animals she
knew to be dangerous to run free, thus causing Yates' death.
earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge.
On Monday, a judge set Nov. 1 as the date for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to hold Sellers
Those who want more vigorous enforcement of county codes said they have had encounters with animals for years.
"Me and my son killed nine of them," said Michael Glick, a neighbor of the property in the 7500 block of Oak Lane where Sellers
formerly lived with Michael Richard.
In 2006, Sellers
and Richard were convicted of violating county codes by having unlicensed dogs and by having more than the three dogs allowed at a residence.
was also convicted of failing to obtain a kennel license, as required for those who own four or more dogs.
An attempt Monday to reach Sellers
attorney was unsuccessful.
"Sellers left her two pit bulls unattended at her trailer with the door open so that the dogs could come and go as they wished," Deputy Wade Whitney wrote in his report.