Three men attacked by pit bulls

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three pit bull dogs were impounded Wednesday after they escaped a backyard and then attacked and injured three men in Duluth.

Police received reports of three separate pit bull attacks at 7:34 a.m. Wednesday in a residential area near 1973 N. Executive Drive in Duluth. The victims were either leaving their houses or walking in the area when they were bitten by the dogs. All three men suffered minor puncture and laceration wounds, mainly to their lower bodies, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The victims were identified as Jean Chi, 59, Chu Insoo, 48, and Manuel Larz-Mujira, 42, all of Duluth. They were all taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, Moloney said.

By the time officers arrived and tracked down the owner, 33-year-old Brian A. Jones of Duluth, the dogs had been confined once again to his house, according to an Animal Control report. Jones reportedly said the dogs are usually kept in his fenced-in backyard. However upon inspection, one of the back gates was found to be open, Moloney said. The dogs were impounded by Gwinnett County Animal Control.

"I don't know if they will quarantine them for a few days," Moloney said. "They are not going to be automatically put down. It depends on the severity of the attack and if they've done it before."

The dogs were being evaluated at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter at press time Wednesday. Jones was issued six citations on three counts of animal attacking without provocation and three counts of having an unrestrained animal.