A Grand Forks grandmother faces criminal charges after authorities say she refused to call off her Chihuahua mix when deputies were trying to serve a warrant against her daughter.

Gloria Alicia Corona, 55, has been charged with hindering law enforcement, a misdemeanor, for her alleged actions in obstructing an Oct. 21 arrest.

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A warrant was issued for Corona in October, and she was detained on Wednesday, when she made her first appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in district court, deputies with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Officers went to Corona’s home on Circle Drive in Grand Forks at about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21, to serve a warrant for an attempted theft charge against her daughter, Rita Corona. At first, nobody answered the door, deputies say, but Gloria Corona arrived about 20 minutes later and told deputies to leave her property.

Deputies say Simba, Corona’s Chihuahua mix, was barking at deputies and being aggressive. When deputies told Corona they had a warrant and were entering the home, she said she would set the dog on them. When authorities asked to her to restrain the dog, Corona allegedly refused, and told them they were scaring her grandchildren.

The dog then bit one deputy in the left hand, authorities say.

Rita Corona was located in the home.

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