Wednesday, January 7, 2009
In light of Monday's deadly pit bull attack of 5-year old Cheyenne Peppers, we reviewed recent Georgia fatalities. Between January 2006 to January 2009, DogsBite.org recorded 5 fatal dog attacks in Georgia. Four of these attacks occurred in 2007. When the factor of population is considered, the picture is grim in Georgia, though not as grim as Tennessee and South Carolina.
- Cheyenne Peppers, 5-years old, Thomas County - pit bulls (3)
- Robynn Banks, 2-years old, DeKalb County - pit bull and mastiff-mix
- Dandre Fisher, 3-years old, Chatham County - pit bulls (2)
- Tiffany Pauley, 5-years old, Carroll County - rottweiler
- Blanche Brodeur, 76-years old, Rabun County - pit bull
We also reviewed instances of "Georgia" that occur in our archives. Our search revealed 76 results. These results in no way reflect the actual number of press articles written about non-fatal pit bull attacks or dog law issues for Georgia in 2008. We only captured what we could, given that we also track 49 other states. Below is a small sampling of our results. Frankly, there were still too many to list.
- Elderly Man And Son Attacked By Pit Bull in Atlanta
- Pit Bull Attacks 11-Year Old in Bibb County, Georgia
- Coverage of the Fulton County Animal Shelter
- Multicounty Dogfighting Ring Busted up in Georgia
- Pit Bull Attacks Five Students at Bus Stop in Atlanta
- Pit Bull Attack Victim Needs Over 4 Hours of Surgery
- No Punitive Damages in Georgia After Fatal Dog Attack
- Grandfather Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Granddaughter
- 8-Year Old Hospitalized After Attack
- Pit Bull Rottweiler-Mix Attack Leaves Boy with 400 Stitches
- Pit Bulls that Attack Macon Animal Control Officer Euthanized
- Two Pit Bulls Attack Goats in Georgia, Two Goats Die
- WALB News Editorial Supports Pit Bull Regulations
- Woman Wants to Change Law After Attack
- Trapped in Home by Neighborhood Dangerous Dogs
- 11/26-04/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police - DogsBite.org
- 10/16-21/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police - DogsBite.org
- 10/09-15/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police - DogsBite.org
- 10/01-08/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police - DogsBite.org
- 09/04-10/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police - DogsBite.org
- 08/20-26/08 Pit Bulls Shot By Police - DogsBite.org
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| 1/08/2009 2:51 AM |
Georgia's governor, Sonny Purdue is a Veterinarian and a member of the AVMA.
It seems as though Georgia has a Level 5/6 mauling problem...and poor "Beast" is still out there somewhere!
| 1/08/2009 3:00 AM |
Georgia Wolf-hybrid Law:
Possession of wolves and wolf Hybrids is prohibited in the state; they are defined as "Wild Animals."
"Wild animal" means any animal which is not wildlife and is not normally a domestic species in this state. This term specifically includes any hybrid or cross between any combination of a wild animal, wildlife, and a domestic animal. Offspring from all subsequent generations of such crosses or hybrids are wild animals.
28-5-4(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to import, transport, transfer, sell, purchase or possess any wild animal ... without first obtaining a wild animal license from the department... (b) Wild animal licenses will be issued only to persons engaged in the wholesale or retail wild animal business or persons exhibiting wild animals to the public."
"... except that any person possessing hybrid crosses between wolves and domestic animals on July 1, 1994 shall have until July 1, 1995 to apply for a fee-exempt permit to possess these animals as pets; provided, however, that the said hybrid is sexually neutered; provided, further, that it shall be unlawful to transfer possession or ownership of said hybrid without prior written approval from the department. Liability insurance shall not be mandatory for wolf hybrids possessed under this fee-exempt permit