EATONTON GA - A NEIGHBOR'S 2 BULL DOGS "SOMEHOW" BROKE THEIR CHAINS AND ATTACKED A MOTHER THAT WAS OUTSIDE WITH HER CHILDREN - HER CHILDREN USED A PITCHFORK TO WARD OFF THE DOGS UNTIL POLICE ARRIVED
EATONTON -- Two dogs attacked a woman in the yard of her Eatonton home last week, each one separately grabbing an arm of the woman with its teeth and inflicting deep bite wounds. The woman's injuries were severe enough that her husband rushed her to the hospital after her children used a pitchfork to drive off the dogs. The July 19 attack occurred in the 100 block of Access Road, according to an Eatonton Police Department report.
The incident reportedly began when "a white bull dog" approached the woman and her children in their yard and they began petting it. The woman then walked over to the end of a neighbor’s driveway to pick up some trash that was in the driveway. When the woman leaned over to pick up the garbage, a second dog, described as “a brown bull dog” ran out from under the porch, barking and growling at the woman.
The woman raised her arm and yelled at the brown dog to stop, and the white dog then attacked her from behind, knocking her to the ground, according to the police report. The brown dog then grabbed her right arm in its teeth, shaking it.
The woman tried knocking the brown dog away with her left hand and that is when the white dog grabbed her left arm.
Her children meanwhile, grabbed a pitchfork and used it to drive off the pair of dogs. The woman's husband then rushed her to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital near Lake Oconee, according to the report.
Eatonton Police officers Gregory Gay and Howard Clemons arrived at the house, and the dogs immediately charged at their patrol cars, barking aggressively, growling and biting at the front tires, Gay wrote in his report.
The brown dog was dragging a chain attached to its collar, and a spiral metal stake was on the end of the chain -- the type of stake that would be screwed into the ground, the report says.
Putnam County Animal Control officers also arrived and caught the two dogs and secured them in the back of their truck. They also found two small puppies that apparently were born recently to the brown dog, Gay said.
When Gay went to the hospital to talk to the woman, she reportedly told him that she and several neighbors have complained to Animal Control about the two dogs several times, but each time Animal Control officials came, the dogs were either tied up or inside the house.
The dogs’ owner checked in with Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and an Animal Control official at the police station. According to the report, Animal Control issued Tyler James Anderson, 23, 105 Access Road, Eatonton, with citations, charging him with two counts of animal at large, three counts of no proof of rabies, and two counts of permitting vicious animal to run at large. No warrants have been issued, according to authorities at EPD.
As of Wednesday, July 27, the dogs remain in custody at Putnam County Animal Shelter, according to a shelter rep who answered the phone there July 27.
Officer Gay said the woman was treated at the hospital and released, and is now home healing.