Originally created 05/15/04

Dog owner sentenced in maulings



ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens woman whose two pit bull terriers killed neighborhood pets was sentenced Thursday in Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court to spend one day in jail and serve probation for two years.

The sentence was imposed after Jeris Farmer pleaded guilty to two counts each of violating separate Athens-Clarke County ordinances.

In addition, Magistrate Court Chief Justice Ethelyn Simpson ordered Ms. Farmer to pay a neighbor $1,000 in restitution for the death of Georgia, an English terrier who was fatally mauled March 12 by Ms. Farmer's pit bulls.

Ms. Farmer pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to keep a domestic animal under control and two counts of failure to submit a dog for observation for rabies in connection with prior attacks on neighborhood pets.

Ms. Farmer was previously cited Aug. 19 after her dogs killed a cat, according to Athens-Clarke County Animal Control reports.

Several other neighborhood residents found their pets dead as the result of puncture wounds March 12, the same day Georgia's owner returned home to find that Ms. Farmer's dogs had hopped the backyard fence and killed her dog.

After completing her 24 hours in jail, Ms. Farmer must begin reporting to a probation officer on a monthly basis beginning Monday.

She also was told she may not have any dogs at her home or in her possession within Athens-Clarke County during her probationary period.