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Pit bull caretaker fined after mauling

WINDER - The caretaker of three pit bull dogs that nearly mauled a Winder man to death on Labor Day pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of failure to keep animals under control, nuisance/vicious animal and no proof of rabies vaccinations. Magistrate Judge June Davis fined Travis Roy Spencer, 23, of Winder, $619.50.

A restitution hearing will be held once 62-year-old Kelly Edwards' medical bills are compiled.

"His (Spencer's) demeanor was of guilt and sadness," Davis said. "The fine was low, but the restitution will be high. We didn't want to take a lot of money from Spencer and give it to the county because Mr. Edwards' medical bills are in excess of $47,000. He has insurance, but there will be a co-pay."

Edwards was attacked at 7:30 a.m. Labor Day outside his Englewood Road home during his morning walk. The smallest pit bull attacked Edwards, then all three jumped on him, smothering him under 150 pounds combined weight, said Stephen Eades, Barrow County Animal Control Director.

Edwards endured a five hour surgery and was left with more than 100 stitches following the attack.