Thursday, September 4, 2008
Leesburg, GA - A Lee County man will appear in court September 9th after being charged with three counts of animal cruelty when his two American bulldogs mauled another dog to death. Ronald Bence said it was an accident that his dogs got out. He said his two dogs escaped the electric fence and gated yard when the gate was accidentally left open by one of his children.
The dogs (3-years old and 6-months old) followed a cyclist nearly three blocks and ended up in the Fenstermaker's backyard. The Fenstermaker's chained Australian shepherd, Clifford, ended up in a fight with the 6-month old bulldog. Then the older bulldog jumped in, killing Clifford. Bence is charged with three counts of animal cruelty, one for his dogs killing Clifford and two more for allowing his dogs to roam.
Leesburg City Council is now talking about tougher laws for pet owners. They've asked the city attorney to explore additions to the city's leash law that might toughen the penalties violators receive. They're also checking with other cities and counties to see what their laws are. DogsBite.org has recorded two areas in Georgia with breed-specific laws: Floyd County and Lawrenceville.
Last year in Michigan, a pack of 4-5 loose American bulldogs attacked and killed 2 people: Cheryl Harper and Edward Gierlach. Both attacks were so violent and happened in such a short time span that authorities could not determine which victim had been attacked first. The dog owner, Diane Cockrell recently plead No Contest to felony charges laid against her.
08/28/08: Criminal Charges Filed After Rottweiler Kills Bear Cub
08/20/08: Cockrell Pleads No Contest in Double Fatal Livingston Mauling
| 9/04/2008 9:21 PM |
"Bence had three previous violations for the dogs roaming the neighborhood but it's been a year since his last violation."
Three previous violations. Meaning this was the fourth time. And if a dog had not been killed, there would have been a fifth. Here's a clue: if you need an electric fence to keep your dogs in your yard, something is wrong.
| 9/05/2008 2:05 AM |
An electric fence only tickles a powerful Bully breed.
I'm astounded to finally see animal cruelty charges levied againsta Bully breed owner for killing a neighbor's dog. It's about damn time!
You can't tell me they didn't calculate the neighborhood dogs being expendable when the sought out a dog aggressive breed.
| 9/05/2008 2:25 AM |
"You have the German Shepherd, the Dobermans, the Rotweillers, the Pitbull dogs and the Chows," said Jackie Grigg, Lee County Sr. Animal Control Officer"
Uh Oh...I see another petition in the works too have this Animal Control Officer fired for deviating from the Animal Welfare Pit Bull worship doctrine.