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Pit bulls kill dog, cat

Residents at Cherokee Drive in Albany are angry about pitbulls they say are roaming the neighborhood and killing their pets. So far, a beagle and a cat have been killed by two pitbulls in the area.

Residents at Cherokee Drive in Albany are angry about pitbulls they say are roaming the neighborhood and killing their pets. So far, a beagle and a cat have been killed by two pitbulls in the area.

ALBANY, Ga. — Beaglie, a 10-year-old beagle, went first on Friday. Then Tinker Bell, a 3-year-old Siamese, died after two pit bulls attacked her about 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Neighbors along the 2500 block of Cherokee Drive are fed up and want something done about the pit bulls that they say are roaming their neighborhood and killing their pets.

“We just don’t want the dogs loose so they can attack our animals,” said Brenda McCullugh, a neighborhood resident. “These dogs can attack little children. I have grandchildren I’m afraid to have come over and out in the yard.

McCullugh signed papers to press charges against Jermaine Joseph, who lives at 2518 Cherokee Drive, down the street from her. Animal Control’s Teresa Moored cited Joseph for allowing animals to run at-large Thursday.

Moored put the pit bulls in animal control truck’s cage to take them to the Albany Humane Society for a 10-day quarantine. She said Joseph had the rabies information available, but dogs are required to be held.

After the 10 days, Joseph would be able to claim his animals and bring them home with him.

“I don’t want him to have them back,” McCullugh said. “All he’ll do is let them out again. If they kill dogs, what is to stop them from killing small children?”

Veteranarian Dick Heydrich at his office on Oglethorpe Boulevard said he had to put Tinker Bell down because of the mauling the pit bull gave her.

“Her rear leg was broken and the bone was sticking out. Her chest was crushed and she had multiple puncture wounds,” Heydrich said. “She was a small cat chewed up by a big dog.”

The same happened to Patricia Gorrie’s beagle, Beaglie, she said. Her Beaglie was no match for two pit bulls.

“They just came over to my yard and killed him,” Gorrie said. “These dogs keep getting let loose and they come in my yard and chase my dogs.”

As for the pit bulls’ owner, Joseph said he had, “No comment. I’ll handle it when I get to court.”