Friday, March 11, 2016

LACEY'S SPRING, MORGAN COUNTY AL - 2002 - UP TO 12 "MIXED BREED DOGS" ATTACKED A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY RIDING HIS BIKE TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE

So, I was hunting newpapers, old or new, paper of any kind, to use for my elderly basset hound that can't go outside anymore.  I found a box in a closet and gathered all the newspapers out of it and as I was  laying them out on the floor for the night, my eyes fell on an article about a dog attack in this county 14 years ago.  I saved the paper:


THE DECATUR DAILY, Friday, March 22, 2002

5 DOGS KILLED AFTER ATTACK

Authorities planning rabies test after teen bit

By Scott Morris, DAILY City Editor

Lacey's Spring --Morgan County Animal Control officers killed five of an estimated 12 dogs that attacked a boy Wednesday at Sherbrooke Park and plan to test them for rabies, County Commissioner Stacy George said today.

"This is serious business," George said of the attack that left 13-year-old Todd Robertson with 25 stitches after the dogs pulled him from his bicycle.  "The child can barely get around.  He had a big chunk of his leg taken out."

Original reports indicated that about six dogs attacked the boy, but George said the incident involved about 12.  He said animal control officials found six of the dogs.

George said the dog owner had two choices.  He could take the dogs to a veterinarian and have them quarantined to see if symtoms of rabies arose or let the animal control officers euthanize them and have them tested.

Sheriff John McBride said a neighbor paid to take one dog to a veterinarian and animal control officers took the others.  Animal control officers expected to have test results today.

A neighbor identified the dog owner as Jamie Benson, 24, who lives in a mobile home on East Chelsea Circle, according to a sheriff's report. McBride said Benson owned six or more dogs.  He said he questioned Benson and explained his options for testing the animals. Attempts to contact Benson, who has no phone listing, were unsuccessful.

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McBride said deputies and animal control officers returned to patrol the neighborhood today.

Officials are still looking for about six other dogs involved in the attack, George said.

The victim's mother, Paulette Robertson, said a neighbor told her that Benson hid the remaining dogs.  She said the dogs were MIXED BREEDS.

She said her son is taking rabies shots and if authorities do not locate and test the remaining animals, the boy will have to continue the shots for another 10 weeks.

She said Todd had 13 different points of attack and each spot had about four to five puncture wounds.  "They even bit through his shoes," she said.

George said Sherbrooke Park has a dog problem that is not limited to one owner and animal control officers are picking up every animal that doesn't have a tag.

He said he and McBride went door to door to animal owners and let them know there is a serious problem.

The County Commission adopted a leash law in November 1990. The law requires that owners keep their dogs on their property. It carries a fine of up to $50 upon a conviction.  McBride said he continues investigating the attack, but has filed no charges.

Mrs. Robertson said the dogs attacked her son as he rode his bicycle to see a friend.


1 comment:

Sweetie Pie said...

Well, well... It seems quite a bit has changed since 2002. Namely, nowadays pit bulls that horrifically maul or even kill a child don't get put down. And no LEO or ACO would nowadays so much as dream of confiscating every dog without a tag.