In January, pit bulls attack teen; kill cats and a dog

ALBANY -- The residential neighborhoods of Albany have seen the mauling slaying of pets and an attack on a 13-year-old girl in recent days -- all by pit bulls.

The Georgia General Assembly may consider "dangerous breed" legislation during this term involving pit bulls, said Nathan Davis, Albany city attorney. If it does pass legislation regarding pit bulls, it would be premature for Albany City Commission to do so, he added.

"If we were to pass an ordinance it would be superseded by the state legislation," Davis said. "It is better to wait and see what the state assembly does. It has 40 days."

According to an Albany Police Department report, 13-year-old Caragen Miller, playing in her 103 Hillside Drive back yard, suffered a puncture wound to her left ankle after the neighbor's pit bull bit her at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The girl's father, John Miller, grabbed the dog and returned it to its six-foot fenced pen because the owner was not at home, the report added. It also stated that the owner of the dog, Karen Lawrence, was cited by Teresa Moored, animal control agent, for having an animal at large and no valid tag.

About two hours before the pit bull bit the young girl, Mary Speir, 2814 W. Elton St., reported Patches, her 15-year-old orange and white cat, was killed by pit bulls, police said. The pit bulls, kept at 2114 Ledo Road, belonged to Marty Pollack, according to police.

"His dogs had to be quarantined for 10 days for rabies observation," according to a report filed by officer Sherman Capers "Based on the poor condition of the pen that the dogs were kept in, I impounded the two dogs and transported them to the (Albany) Humane Society."

Pollock was cited for animals at large and no rabies tags, the report added. Those were the same citations previously brought against Jermaine Joseph on the 2500 block of Cherokee Drive involving his pit bull killing a dog and a cat.

According to reports Joseph's pit bull killed Beaglie, a 10-year-old beagle, on January 13 and then Tinker Bell a 3-year-old Siamese cat, on January 19.

In cases of pit bull attacks, neighbors have said that they fear for the little children in their neighborhoods.

"We just don't want those dogs loose so they can attack our animals," Tinker Bell's owner Brenda McCullugh has said. "These dogs can attack little children. I have grandchildren I am afraid to have come over and out in the yard."