Augusta woman attacked by four pit bulls

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

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.

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  • by brittany Location: augusta on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:18 AM
    yall have to thank about that we do have kids running around and then what about dogs they couuld maul a kids to death people just dont relize that
  • by brittany Location: bennett on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:15 AM
    you **** right iam gonna run and not stand there to get ate up by then dogs u got a point iam gonna run like **** ina safe place and iam not gonna stop ruinning people need to put there dods in cages so they wont attack peoples who ever wrote that commet has a point but the lady shouldnt of stood there like no fool i woulda ran like **** if i was her
  • by Shalyn on Oct 17, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    Okay so just to be sure I'm getting this Ann- doesn't know the actual statistics of American Pit Bull Terrier attacks but wants to ban them anyway Linda thinks the only thing wrong with Augusta is that there are Pit Bulls, not the murders, rapes, corruption, racisim, dog fighting, drugs, welfare fraud and poverty so she want to ban a breed that is not even reponsible (the dogs that attacked were Staffordhire Terriers), Ron doesn't look into the breeding to see that they are also bred to be Human friendly except for these ghetto breeders who cannot pass their puppies of as Pit Bull even to the most liber UKC judge and CJ thinks that all Pit owners are negligent. I see. So how many of you call when you see a dog chained up? because that promotes agression. Ron, just an FYI have you ever heard of cage crazy? That is when you isolate a dog in a pen it becomes way more agressive due to lack of socialization. People, everyone here needs to google find the pit. If you can't find it, shut^
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    YAY Guys!! Good thinking lets violate constitutional rights! Lets also Ban pomeranians and jack russels since they are causes 1 and 2 of all infant dog related fatalities. IDIOTS
  • by Continued on Oct 17, 2007 at 06:33 AM
    by a former police academy dog instructer, my one is a canine good citizen and certified therapy dog. She also does search and rescue. All of mine have completed obedience 1-3. There you go again assuming that all Bully breed owners are idiots. You know who all has this breed? go to The number one drug sniffing dog in America is a APBT so really your problem is with mongrels and not full blooded real pit bulls, that quite frankly are to expensive for that area. $4500 a puppy, not these $150 in the IWANTA. they are not APBT's they are muts. FYI every city that has had "Pit Bull" legislation ended up getting sued and costing the citizens way more, plus they bite ratio stayed the same. The Bay is pit friendly and they haven't had a mauling in 11 years... hmm.. who is the real problem her
  • by Lola Location: DiNavarro on Oct 17, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    This is ridiculous. I cannot believe that all the sudden the pit bull debate comes up again. First of all the reason that so many more attacks seem to be reported is because there are several breeds that oftern get mistaken, 37 to be exact. To Ann, according to statistics a mother is 4000 times more likely to kill her child than an AMerican Pit Bull Terrier. 84% of American Serial killers are Caucasian[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2] Men make up at least 90% of the world wide total of serial killers[/SIZE][/FONT] Out of all the serial killers, 86% are heterosexual Now I don't look at every Caucasian, heterosexual, male and assume he's a serial killer. How can you say oh because this dog has broad shoulders it's a pit bull? Pit bull isn't even a type of dog but a term to describe a number of dogs like we use jock, geek, etc!! I also have some questions as to how 4 full grown dogs attacked her and she didn't even get stitches. Selfish owner? I paid $2790.00 per dog (3 of them) to have my Bullys
  • by PEBC Location: martinez on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:05 PM
    I think animal control should shoot any dog running loose on the street I bet owners would keep them put up then.
  • by simplesolutions Location: augusta on Oct 16, 2007 at 10:22 PM
    No breed of dog should be outlawed. Outlawing a specific breed only punishes responsible pet owners for the actions of a small number of owners. Currently the penalty in Richmond county for any dog breed caught running loose can be $0.00 to $1000.00 fine and 0 days to 60 days in jail for an owner if found guilty. I propose that the penalty be doubled for any breed of dog weighing over 20 pounds. According to the CDC statistics from 1979 to 1998 DBRF (dog bite related fatalities) Pit-bulls, Rottweiler, mix-breed NOS (not otherwise specified) German Shepard’s, husky type, chow-chow, malamute, wolf-hybrid, Doberman, Great Dane, and Saint Bernard caused the most deaths to humans. My proposal is any dog over 20 pounds running loose on public streets the penalty should be doubled just like the speeding fines are doubled in a construction zone. Also, I think anyone with a felony criminal history should be prohibited from owning any dog over 20 pounds or having in their possession a dog over 2
  • by CJ Location: AUGUSTA on Oct 16, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    All pet owners should be responsible for their pets. Pit bull owners will continue to be neglient in properly caring for their pets unless Congress gets involved! No one should have to ever worry about being attacked by someone's pet while they are on public property.
  • by ron Location: augusta on Oct 16, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    First, these were not stray dogs. I feel that our local, state and national government should require all "dangerous dogs" to be licensed and registered, and kept in an inspected pen. The local animal control people should check these animals and their pens often. Pit Bulldogs are bred to fight and to hold on and not turn loose. We have too many children killed and others mauled to let this keep happening. Either regulate them or forbid their ownership. Having one of the dangerous breeds is like leaving a loaded gun out where anyone can misuse it!!
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