Georgia judge appoints lawyer for pit bull that attacked child

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 8:25 AM
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SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- A Superior Court judge has appointed an attorney for an Effingham County pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old boy.

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Kno, the dog that attacked child

Judge William E, Woodrum Jr. “in the interest of justice” appointed Springfield attorney Claude M. Kicklighter to represent the dog, named Kno.

Kicklighter, who is not receiving a fee, was also ordered to represent the dog’s owners.

Kno attacked Wesley Frye on July 24 while the child was playing with another child inside a neighbor’s home. One of the dog’s owners, Julie Long, was able to stop the attack by getting the dog outside.

Frye’s injuries were severe and he underwent two surgeries shortly after the attack.

The dog was taken to the Effingham County Animal Shelter the day of the attack and the owners surrendered ownership.

The dog was then classified as a dangerous animal by the humane enforcement deputy and an Effingham County magistrate.

The dog’s owner, Larry A. Long Jr., was informed by a letter from the Effingham County Sheriff’s office of his right to request a hearing to contest the dangerous dog classification.

The letter, however, didn’t tell Long the county planned to euthanize the animal, according to a petition filed by the county with Superior Court.

The county then asked for a hearing to determine if Kno would be euthanized. It is the county’s position that no attorney is needed for Kno or his owners.

A hearing as to why Kno should not be euthanized will be held in front of Woodrum on Oct. 25.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said Wesley Frye is still recovering from the attack.

“He is improving and is better,” Ehsanipoor said. “He still has scarring and the right side of his face is paralyzed. He may be having some more surgery in the next six to eight weeks, but he is back at school and recovering.”

Meanwhile Kno is still being held separate from other dogs in an enclosure at the county animal shelter.

“There has to be a lesson for dog owners and for people not to allow their children to go to other people’s houses with dogs,” said Romie Currier, director of animal control for Effingham County.

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Farmboy 10/12/12 - 05:23 pm
Still trying to figure it out...

Why do people like this dog so much? They are a little on the ugly side. Just my opinion.

omnomnom 10/12/12 - 07:37 pm
after being 'docked', yeah

after being 'docked', yeah they may not look as cute.

but pit bulls can be the sweetest dogs given a loving home and a gentle disposition.

Jane18 10/12/12 - 08:35 pm
"A Sweet Disposition", but........

...that disposition can and does, change. This has been a warning of how dangerous this dog can be. The next child may not be as fortunate.

Tullie 10/13/12 - 04:39 am
Not sure

The article is not clear to me at all. But if one of the children was his child and he thought it was threatned in some way by the other child, he might have been protecting him. That is the problem with any dog that has a protective instint, not just this dog.

As much publicity this type of dog have been given, it seems hard to believe people still don't pay attention. Plus people need to watch any type of type with their children..period. Especially when they don't know the dog or if the dog is not familiar with the child.

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