News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 15, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- According to Richmond County deputies, a 50-year-old woman was attacked by four pit bulls on Kratha Drive, which is right by the Family Y and Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. Deputies got the call around 6:30 Monday morning.
"Obviously, its a scary thought, but you know there are loose dogs everywhere and unfortunately for this lady, she came by at the wrong time," Tommy Garcia said.
Garcia said two employees were opening up the daycare cottage at the Family Y, which is located right beside the pit bull owner's home.
"As they pulled up, and got out of the car, that's when they heard the lady crying and screaming for help," he said.
Garcia said they noticed the dogs down the street, so the ladies decided to get back into their car and go help.
"As they approached, they noticed that all four dogs were on top of the lady and they stayed in their car and pulled over as best as they could and tried to maneuver the car to get the dogs to pull away," Garcia said.
Just when the dogs started to move back away from the victim, the employees opened the door and were able to help her into the car. They called 911 and deputies notified Animal Control. When Animal Control arrived, the dogs were acting aggressive towards other people on the street.
"The dogs became aggressive again. The Animal Control were hoping to get tranquilizers there to tranquilize the dogs but before they could do that, the dogs attacked the deputies," Sgt. Robert Silas said.
That's when deputies shot and killed two of the dogs. The other one was captured. Neighbors can't believe it all happened so close to the elementary school.
"That could've been anybody. Could've been one of these kids, right beside a school building, elementary school. Little kids, anybody could've been attacked. These people need to do something to keep their animals off the streets," said Anthony McFadden, who lives nearby.