ILA, MADISON COUNTY GA - 2 PIT BULLS INVADED A YARD AND ATTACKED A GERMAN SHEPHERD ALMOST KILLING IT
A family’s dog and a family on a walk were attacked by pit bulldogs in separate attacks this month in Madison County.
In the most recent attack on March 7, TWO PIT BULLS attacked a German Shepherd that was leashed to a tree at the homeowner’s yard on Poca Road outside Ila, according to a Madison County Sheriff’s report.
Tracy Simmons said Monday the dogs turned on him when he used a rock to try and break up the attack and that he also fired a gun at one of the dogs but missed.
“He was torn up pretty good,” Simmons said about his daughter’s shepherd, which was treated by a veterinarian for numerous bites on its neck and side. “If I hadn’t gotten down there, it would probably have been the end of him because there were two on him,” he said.
“He’s got no telling how many stitches,” Simmons said, adding that at one point he got the dogs off his dog, but then the dogs resumed their attack on his dog, which by this time was immobile from its wounds.
"I LOVE DOGS, BUT PIT BULLS ARE THE SORRIEST DOG THERE EVER WAS," SIMMONS SAID.
Madison County Animal Control Officer Beth Harmon responded and cited the dog owner, 36-year-old Roger Bray, for not having the dogs current on their rabies vaccinations. She allowed the owner to quarantine the dogs for 10 days.
Bray has agreed to pay the veterinary bill, according to the report.
The previous week, a couple and their daughter were taking an afternoon walk on Rock Quarry Road outside Danielsville on March 1, when a pit bulldog came running toward the daughter, according to a sheriff’s report.
The wife was able to grab the child and the man was bitten on the thigh when he went between the dog and his family, deputies said. The dog’s owner told deputies the dog accidentally escaped the house when her children left the door open. The dog was up to date on its shots, but a Madison County Health Department employee advised the owner to cage the dog for 10 days.
Last week, a Commerce man was mauled and seriously injured when he was attacked by four dogs on W.L. Williams Road south of Commerce. Michael Wiley, 42, was admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center for serious wounds to his arms, and bites over his body including his neck and head.
Wiley said the dogs also tore the clothing off his body as he tried to defend himself from the vicious attack.
Three of these dogs were killed, according to Jackson County Animal Control, while the fourth, a Mastiff mix dog, escaped and is being sought.