Athens 13-year-old attacked by neighbor's 3 pit bulls

Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:59 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A trio of pit bulls mauled a 13-year-old Friday afternoon at an eastside apartment complex.

The teen was returning to his home from the basketball court at Willow Mist apartments on Seagraves Drive at about 12:15 p.m. when a pit bull apparently jumped through the screen window of a neighbor’s apartment, Athens-Clarke police said.

The teen tried to run, but the dog knocked him to the ground and bit his face, abdomen and legs, according to police.

Two smaller pit bulls ran from the same apartment and joined the attack.

“The boy tried to outrun them, but they caught him and tackled him,” police Lt. Keith Morris said. “They just mauled him.”

The teen managed to escape to his apartment, where someone called the police.

“It’s the worst dog attack I’ve seen in my 26 years,” Senior Police Officer Charlie Snyder said.

The teen was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The dogs’ owner was not home at the time, and police haven’t decided whether to file criminal charges.

Athens-Clarke Animal Control officers took custody of the smaller pit bulls but continue to search for the larger dog that initiated the attack

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csrareader
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csrareader 06/13/09 - 08:02 am
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"... and police haven’t

"... and police haven’t decided whether to file criminal charges."
What are they thinking? How can you not file charges? You are responsible for your dog's actions and have a responsibility to keep the animal under control. They did not take steps to keep a dangerous animal restrained. FILE CHARGES against these irresponsible owners.

disssman
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disssman 06/13/09 - 08:37 am
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The neighbor wouldn't have to

The neighbor wouldn't have to worry if it was a family member of mine. I would have took a baseball bat to the owner. I wonder when we are going to start acting like a civilized society? In Europe if you want a dog, i will cost you thousands of Euros for liability insurance. That insurance is just for cases like this where owners have little or no regard for what they are raising. Further, Pit Bulls are outlawed along with Rotweillers in England. They see them for what they are - killing machines.

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WAG 06/13/09 - 10:00 am
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Pit bulls are not allowed in

Pit bulls are not allowed in apt complexes.... so it was there illigally. Kill the dogs and the owner..How rediculous.and where is the mangement of these apts.... I see a big law suitand I hope he wins.People and their stupid dogs....always hurting someone..

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NEone 06/13/09 - 10:41 am
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"I would have took a baseball

"I would have took a baseball bat to the owner. I wonder when we are going to start acting like a civilized society?" You call taking a baseball bat to your neighbor civilized???

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sassygalady30 06/13/09 - 12:00 pm
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yeah u would think the

yeah u would think the landlord wouldn't wont these kind of dogs there knowing that children do live n apartments n play outside....i say charge the land lord n owner.

Tots
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Tots 06/13/09 - 12:13 pm
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Hope the young man has a

Hope the young man has a speedy recovery.Kill the dogs they already have a taste for blood.The owner should have to pay.

Tots
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Tots 06/13/09 - 12:17 pm
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If they can prove the

If they can prove the landlord allowed the dogs to stay in the apartment then they should have to pay also.

beme
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beme 06/13/09 - 02:19 pm
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Kill these dogs...NOW !!!

Kill these dogs...NOW !!!

jack
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jack 06/13/09 - 03:08 pm
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I hope the kid recovers well.

I hope the kid recovers well. Kill the three dogs and charge the owner and if the aprtment owner knew about them, charge him/her too.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 06/13/09 - 03:51 pm
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Dissman, if you watch the Dog

Dissman, if you watch the Dog Wisperer you will learn regardless of breed dogs can be taught to behave properly. The problem is the type of people that get these dogs more so than the types of the dogs. The dogs just reflect on the personality of their owners and the lack of true care by their owners. These type owners need to forced to pay for any medical bills, etc..and if they are broke and say they cannot afford (yet act like they can afford dogs) then they should be forced to somehow work it off.

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Laguria 06/13/09 - 04:37 pm
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I do not know how the AC and

I do not know how the AC and the Athens Banner Herald could have screwed-up this story more. They weren't even pit bulls. Please look at real story below. Lag http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Dogs_Maul_13_Year_Old_in...

nofrillls13
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nofrillls13 06/13/09 - 05:51 pm
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What the heck is wrong with

What the heck is wrong with you people. They were not even pit bulls. Its so easy to blame the pitbull. No matter what the breed punish the owners. Dogs do what they are trained to do

Laguria
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Laguria 06/13/09 - 06:29 pm
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It looks like the dog owner's

It looks like the dog owner's house was also broken into before the dogs ran out. Things that make you go hummmmm. Lag

Mudfish
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Mudfish 06/13/09 - 07:48 pm
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Would someone please tell us

Would someone please tell us what a Staffordshire terrier is? This is the breed of dog that attacked the boy or at least this is what that news report said that Laguria quoted.

Tots
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Tots 06/13/09 - 09:24 pm
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The make and model of the dog

The make and model of the dog may have been reported wrong.But the damage is still the same.Dogs gone wild harm young man.Someone needs to pay.

methree
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methree 06/13/09 - 10:04 pm
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shaffordshires, unfortunately

shaffordshires, unfortunately for them, look very similar to pit bulls. BUT it's not the breed-IT'S THE OWNER and BREEDER!!!
why was the window open when the owner wasn't home and why were there 3 dogs in an apartment?

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floatie 06/13/09 - 11:27 pm
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President Lincoln 'gaves me

President Lincoln 'gaves me my raghts' to owns an animal that as a hazzards to white peeples

Laguria
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Laguria 06/14/09 - 12:20 am
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One more time....It looks

One more time....It looks like the dog owner's house was also broken into before the dogs ran out. Things that make you go hummmmm. Lag

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