GWINNETT COUNTY GA - 2 PIT BULLS WHOSE OWNER IS A TEENAGER WENT ON A MAULING SPREE ... ATTACKING 3 PEOPLE AND CAUSING A CAR WRECK!
Multiple people were attacked by a pair of PIT BULL MIXES in the Five Forks Trickum Road area Monday, according to a report from the county’s Animal Welfare and Enforcement division.
Throughout the course of a string of incidents, three people, including a 16-year-old girl, were attacked and severely wounded by the canines. The attacks are also blamed for causing at least one car accident.
All three victims were taken to local hospitals to be treated for wounds the dogs inflicted on them. County spokeswoman Heather Sawyer said, after the dogs were eventually taken into custody, they were euthanized and tested for rabies. Both canines tested negative for the disease though.
Officers told the parents of a teenager who claimed the dogs were his that they would receive 10 citations, including six for attacks without provocation, two for no restraint and two for duty to be a responsible owner, according to the incident report.
“After explaining everything to the owners they decided to sign the animals over,” animal welfare officer Garrett Williams wrote in the report. “An owner surrender form was filled out and signed on scene for both dogs.”
The first attack happened near the intersection of Five Forks Trickum Road and Emerald Forest Court while Morgan Holt was walking down the road. The report says the dogs “came out of nowhere and attacked her.” They knocked her down in the process.
At some point, officials wrote in the report, the attack on Holt caused a car accident, but animal welfare officials could not explain how that happened.
“The first witness (Chukwudi Enujioke) stopped to try and render aid to the woman and pulled her up into his car where she bleed (stet) profusely per the witness,” Williams wrote in his report. “Shortly after this she was transported by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center ER.”
The dogs then attacked Zhong Mao, leaving severe wounds. The report says a police officer had to apply a tourniquet to Mao’s upper left leg because his left calf was bleeding uncontrollably. Mao was taken to Gwinnett Medical as well.
At this point, police and firefighter paramedics were responding to both dog attack victims as well as the person involved in the car crash.
Meanwhile, the dogs had made their way up Rosa Drive and ventured into the backyard of Carlos Ferrans.
“They immediately took Carlos to the ground,” Williams wrote. “He had grabbed a crowbar and was hitting the dogs while they were attacking him. They opened him up (in) several places on his right leg and on his left arm. This is where most of the major damage is. One dog had his left arm and the other was working on his right leg.
“All the while he was trying to hit them to make them let go. Carlos was able to get some distance from the dogs and ran inside his garage.”
A family member took Ferrans to Eastside Medical Center’s Emergency Room. By the time animal welfare officers arrived at the scene, all three victims had been taken to the hospital. The officers were working with police to find the dogs and discovered they were in Ferrans’ back yard.
Two animal welfare officers then began pushing the dogs into the partially fenced in backyard.
“Dogs were showing teeth, growling and lunging at both of us,” Williams wrote in the report. “Several PD officers waited at the only exit to the yard and were ready to shoot the dogs if they got past either of us or started to attack us.”
After a third animal welfare officer arrived, they were able to get control of the dogs using catch poles and put the canines into one of the officers’ vehicle. A neighbor then pointed officers in the direction of the home where the dogs lived, and a teenager who lived at the home confirmed they were his dogs.
“We told him that the dogs had just attacked (three) people, and he stated that the people must have hit the dogs to make them attack,” Williams wrote in the report. “We asked him if he really thought it was possible that all three victims in (three) different locations who didn’t know one another hit his dogs to make them attack.
“He did not have a response for us.”
Williams also said in his report that the parents of the teenager who claimed the dogs were his were told police could also hold them responsible for the car crash, in addition to the citations they received from animal welfare officers for the attacks.
But it’s not for nothing that county officials were concerned about the possibility of the canines having rabies.
In late February, two Rottweilers attacked an 11-year-old boy in his neighborhood near Stone Mountain. One of the dogs in that case was later hit by a car and killed, and postmortem testing showed it had rabies. The boy who was bitten in that case was treated for rabies.