JACKSON COUNTY AL - THE FOUR REMAINING PIT BULLS THAT KILLED EMILY COLVIN, 24, NEAR SECTION IN DECEMBER WERE EUTHANIZED - ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BRENT BENSON: "IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER THAT THIS BRINGS SOME AMOUNT OF CLOSURE FOR THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES SO THEY CAN BEGIN TO HEAL FROM THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY"
The statement reads, "The time for appeal expired yesterday at 4:30 p.m. regarding Judge Word's previous decision declaring the four pit bull dogs involved in the death of Emily Colvin, dangerous and ordering them euthanized. According to the local animal control officers, the 4 pit bull dogs that killed Colvin and seriously injured Rose Frazier were euthanized [Tuesday] morning around 8:30. Assistant District Attorney Brent Benson stated, "It is my hope and prayer that this brings some amount of closure for the victims and their families so they can begin to heal from this horrible tragedy."
WAAY-TV in Huntsville reports that Jackson County District Judge Don Word ordered the four dogs owned by Melody and Brian Graden to be euthanized after deeming them "dangerous animals" according to county law. The order also states the Gradens must pay more than $1,000 in expenses related to this case.
24-year-old Emily May Colvin of Section was killed on December 7th after being attack by her neighbor’s five pitbulls at her home on County Road 121.
Sheriff Chuck Phillips told WAAY 31 after the dog attacked Emily, a relative came to her aid and was also attacked by the dogs. The relative was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Colvin's husband was not home at the time of the attack.
One dog was shot by deputies after it tried to attack one of them. The other four were removed by animal control.
Last month, Alabama lawmakers introduced a bill that would be known as "Emily's Law" in Colvin's honor. According to the bill, if a dog has been declared dangerous by a court, and seriously injures or kills a person, the owner of the dog could be charged with a Class B felony, which is punishable by two to 20 years.
If a dog has not been declared dangerous, but the owner knew about and disregarded their animal's dangerous tendencies, the owner could be charged with a Class C felony, which is punishable by one to ten years.
If the court determines that a dog is dangerous and has caused serious physical injury or death to a person, the dog would be humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian or an authorized animal control official.
In addition to any fines imposed by the court, the dog owner would pay all expenses, including, but not limited to, shelter, food, veterinary expenses for boarding, and veterinary expenses necessitated by impoundment of the dog, medical expenses incurred by a victim from an attack by the dog, and other expenses required for the destruction of the dog.
If the owner fails to provide a proper enclosure for the dangerous dog or fails to provide a certification of dangerous dog registration to the court within 30 days of the issuance of the court's declaration that the dog is dangerous, the dog shall be humanely euthanized.