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Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Dog Bite Case Highlights Importance of Animal Safety

January 13, 2019

On New Year’s Day, a sheriff’s deputy was involved in a dog bite incident in Colquitt County. The incident highlights the importance of animal safety for owners and the public. 

A Colquitt County Sheriff’s deputy was responding to a noise complaint in the 100 block of Bert Horne Avenue. The deputy was investigating a report of loud music and talked to a homeowner. The homeowner turned off the music, and the deputy began to leave the premises. 

The deputy then encountered three dogs — a black Labrador retriever mix, a male pit-bulldog mix, and a female pit-bulldog mix. The three dogs ran after the deputy, and the male pit-bulldog charged the deputy and bit his leg. The dog attempted to lunge at the deputy again, and the deputy discharged his firearm. The dogs were not hit, and they all ran away. 

The deputy traced the Labrador mix back to the homeowner with the loud music, but the homeowner denied ownership of the two pit-bulldog mixes. The Humane Society then picked up these two dogs. 

Fortunately, the sheriff’s deputy was not seriously injured in this dog bite incident. However, the story serves as a reminder to animal owners and the public about the potential dangers of loose pets. In Georgia, owners of dangerous animals are required to keep them on a leash or in a safe, enclosed area. Each county in the state has its own laws pertaining to animals, as well, and most require dogs to be on leashes any time they are not inside a home or in a closed or gated area. 

Dog bites and dog attacks can cause extreme injury and significant medical expenses. Georgia laws provide recourse for people injured by dangerous animals, which can be explored with the help of our knowledgeable attorneys at Montlick & Associates. 

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