Wednesday, September 16, 2015
LEE COUNTY GA - A PIT BULL THAT VICIOUSLY ATTACKED AN 11-YEAR-OLD IN HER FACE AND ARMS HAS BEEN DECLARED "DANGEROUS" - INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING RULES FOR A DANGEROUS DOG IN LEE COUNTY THE OWNERS ARE MOVING IT TO MILLER COUNTY
The Lee County Animal Control Board held a classification meeting Wednesday morning to determine the fate of a PIT BULL that mauled an 11-year-old girl in late August.
According to Lee County Animal Control officer Jackie Grigg, the 13-year-old daughter of the family who owned the pit bull led her 11-year-old friend to play with the dogs in her backyard.
Grigg says that when the 11-year-old reached down to pet the pit bull, it attacked her by biting her in the face and each arm. The injury to her right arm required 15 staples.
The girl was transported to Phoebe Putney by ambulance while the dog was taken to the animal shelter according to Grigg.
After reviewing the details of the incident, the board voted unanimously to classify the dog as dangerous. As a result, the dog's owners are moving him to a residence in Miller County.
Grigg said the dog could have stayed in Lee County, but the owners would have had to have $50,000 liability on the pit bull, the dog would have to be accompanied by someone at least 18 years of age and would have to be registered with the county once a year.
According to Grigg, the owners did not receive a citation because they did not violate any county ordinances.
This means the dog was in its own backyard at the time of the attack and was updated on its shots.
Grigg said the dog does, however, have to be microchipped. This chip will be implanted under the skin of the dog between its shoulder blades. The chip identifies the dog by color, residence and breed.