JACKSON COUNTY GA - MICHAEL WILEY, 42, WAS SEVERELY ATTACKED BY 4 LARGE PIT BULL MIX AND MASTIFF MIX DOGS AS HE WAS WALKING ALONG A ROAD
A Jackson County man was savagely attacked by four dogs Monday while he was walking along a rural road outside Commerce.
The victim, Michael Wiley, 42, was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center following the attack on the 1100 block of W.L. Williams Road, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s report.
A Commerce man found the victim about noon along the road near a field with bite wounds covering his legs, torso and back with gaping flesh wounds to both arms, deputies said. The victim, who lived in the community, was incoherent when medics and deputies arrived on the scene.
A family member said Tuesday that Wiley was moved from the intensive care unit into a room, where he still in “a lot of pain.”
The victim’s clothing was ripped from his body during the attack by the FOUR DOGS, THREE DESCRIBED AS MIXED PIT BULL DOGS AND ONE AS A MASTIFF MIX DOG. Owners for three dogs were located, but the fourth dog was described as a stray that “hangs out” in the area.
When the deputy arrived the victim was already being moved into an ambulance, the officer said.
The deputy observed the four dogs and as he drove in their direction, they acted aggressive and “were actually biting my patrol car,” according to the report.
The deputy called for an animal control officer, which responded and cited the dog owners.
The dog owners, Oland Tarpkins, 68, and Jennifer T. Staples, 57, both of W.L. Williams Road, were each cited for violating the county’s leash law and not having proof of rabies vaccinations.