Ga. woman attacked by pit bulls

BRONWOOD — 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.