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Bronwood woman attacked by pit bulls

BRONWOOD, Ga. -- A Terrell County woman was attacked by two "pit bull-type dogs" as she walked near her Bronwood home early Wednesday morning, animal control officials said.

According to Terrell Animal Control Director Martha Ann Coe, she and two deputies were dispatched to Third Street in the city limits of Bronwood at about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday in response to a reported dog attack. Ivonne Gregg told Coe she'd been walking to a friend's house when the dogs attacked her, and one of them bit her on her wrist.

While at the scene, a friend of the victim's took Coe and the deputies to a nearby mobile home where the dogs were kept, Coe said. According to accounts, residents of the mobile home denied ownership of any dog. However, Coe said a female dog fitting the description of the dogs that attacked Gregg was found curled up beneath a handicap accessibility ramp attached to the home.

According to Coe, as she tried to snare the animal for transport, a male dog appeared from the far side of the mobile home and appeared to be a threat to attack the animal control team.

"The other deputy was yelling to watch out," Coe said, "and Deputy Jim Edge fired his pistol at the ground and scared (both dogs) away. I've dealt with a lot to dogs, but that one scared me just a little."

Residents of the mobile home said the dogs belonged to Paul Harris on Flint Street in Bronwood, Coe said. When contacted, Harris accompanied the animal control team back to the mobile home and assisted in securing the dogs, which were then placed in quarantine.

According to Coe, because of uncertainty whether the animals were vaccinated for rabies, both must be observed for at least 10 days.

Harris has been charged with a leash law violation, but Coe said she has hopes that similar situations might be avoided in the near future. While Dawson and most of Terrell County have a dangerous dog law, Bronwood does not.

According to Coe, a stringent dog regulation would apply to ownership of a variety of pit bull type dogs as well as pure breeds like the American Staffordshire Terrier. Among other requirements, owners of such animals would be required to keep the dogs in cages 10 feet by 10 feet by 6 feet, employ microchip identification and hold a $100,000 insurance policy against damage and injuries.

Coe said the proposed new law for Bronwood will be up for consideration at its City Commission meeting on March 4.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Take them Pit Bulls to the new PetSmart and get them educated not to bite foks.

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LoveNormalDog 1 year, 9 months ago

Strictly regulating specifically the pit bull type dogs is an excellent idea. Once you get past all the temper tantrum the pit-owning TWO PERCENT of the dog-owning population throws, life improves greatly. Mauling, maiming, dismembering, and killing attacks by dogs drops to zero within a year or two. People stop losing their children, parents, grandmothers and limbs to pit bull type dog attacks. Gang crime drops radically. The shelter killing of pit bulls bred by the pit bull 'lovers', but then casually dumped, it stops. Dogfighting becomes impossible as an illegal activity.

It's good for all concerned, including for the pit bull type dogs themselves. Please, keep your resolve, bear the temper tantrum the overly entitled pit-narcissists throw at you, then sit back and see how happy the 99% of your voters are.

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Jacob 1 year, 9 months ago

"Gang crime drops radically."

What?

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Sarah 1 year, 9 months ago

Please let it be noted that the story says "pit-bull type dog". Notice the parentheses and that it says "type". Jim West doesn't even know what dog it is, there are a lot of breeds of dogs that have pitbull characteristics but are in fact, NOT Pitbulls. The only reason they used this terminology is because society loves to demonize this breed. "Poodle Attack" just doesn't have a ring to it as "Pitbull Attack". I find it amusing that people so easily attack a breed that can't defend itself. Do we blame guns for killing people? For knives for stabbing people? Do we blame the bottle of beer for the DUI? No. So why should an ENTIRE breed be deemed bad because some of them are used to fight. This breed has been chosen because they are so strong and have a high pain tolerance. I am amazed at how strong my pitbull is. But i will not stand by and have people as LoveNormalDog be ignorant about this breed. You have never read anything about the breed, you have never owned or been around one, so who are you to pass judgment on something you are so clearly ignorant about? I am so grateful you love "normal" dogs. My dog would die to protect me. I hope you "normal" dog would do the same for you.

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Jaloney 1 year, 9 months ago

stupid logic. Alcohol is regulated and people who drive carry insurance. I guess you flunked logic.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm waiting for the day to come when the headlines read "Girl attacked by Toy Poodle"

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WTFwtf 1 year, 9 months ago

Probablyhad some pitbull genes and probably not the good kind. We blame the breed bc they were bred to kill and this makes them pretty unique and dangerous. Gotta weigh the cost vs benefit of having them around. Id say were better off without them for sure

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Jaloney 1 year, 9 months ago

. Turn off the reality t.v. Those "stars" are PAID to promote pitbulls.. just like t.v. celebs promoted cigarettes for money for decades on the t.v. Wealthy dog fighters promote this fad because they don't have to worry about getting caught and can keep their barbaric sport going with pitbulls popularized. The it's the owner not the breed mantra sounds logical but it's not. This repetitive slogan is illogical. Other dog breeds owned in much greater numbers have equal chances of getting neglectful and abusive owners, yet they adapt to human shortcomings and don't maul people or pets at anywhere near the rate that pitbulls do. Labs are routinely forgotten and chained in backyards and they are the most popular dog breed in America, Labs are not the top killers, pitbull are. Mortality, Maiming and Mauling by Vicious Dogs, Annals of Surgery, April 2011, is study of dog injuries in hospitals spanning the last 15 years. The study found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull. The statistics on pitbulls seriously harming people at a much higher rate than other dogs are overwhelming. You can't love out genes or untrain genes. Family owned and loved pitbulls can turn on a dime. If you believe that pitbulls are just like any other dog, and regurgitate the false "its the owner not the breed mantra" you might of believed the world was flat, too Just because something sounds good doesn't make it true. Regulating pitbulls is for the greater good of all. We can't keep having kids walking around looking like bombing victims for life and their parents begging for help to pay for the medical bills. These dogs were created for evil and nobody knows when or where.. but family loved and unabused pitbulls suddenly turn into monsters.

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Jaloney 1 year, 9 months ago

Pitbull attacks are so frequent in Georgia now.. Tourists know to stay the Heck away.. I guess the local Chamber of Commerce doesn't carry about local businesses.. Getting torn up by pitbulls is not on most travelers to do list.

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