Judge Orders Attacking Pit Bull Euthanized
UPDATE 04/30/08: We bring you back to the case of Diane Donahue, 70, who was viciously attacked by a neighbor's pit bull as she walked her peekaboo dog on a leash outside her home. Donhaue suffered intense injury, nearly 60 puncture wounds, and the loss of her dear dog Gigi. Nearly two months later, Municipal Judge Billy Cook has ordered the attacking a pit bull to be euthanized.
Decatur, AL - Diane Donahue, 70, watched in horror as a pit bull attacked and killed her 1-year old peekapoo as she walked it in her side yard on a leash. She suffered cuts and puncture wounds on both arms and hands trying to protect her dog, Gigi. She fell down face first, blackening her eyes, cutting her face and forehead. But she would not let go of the leash and the pit bull dragged her.
"I’ve got 27 puncture wounds on one side and about 32 on the other. They did X-rays and nothing was broken. But my little girl was torn apart."
The pit bulls belong to Christopher Allen Johnson, 23, of 388 Shelton Road in Madison. Jeff Cato said the dogs were at his residence in Decatur on part of the 7 1/2 acres he rents. He said Johnson could not keep the dogs in his Madison townhouse. Cato said the dogs have been on the property about five weeks and the female has four puppies that are a month old.
"I don’t understand why she would leave her puppies unless maybe another dog provoked her. We took all precautions in keeping the dogs up."
Donahue’s daughter, Kelly Cooney, distributed fliers in the neighborhood, asking residents to call city officials. The dogs have a history of running loose. The dogs will be quarantined for 10-days and Johnson will pay the $600 fee. Cato insists the adult pit bulls will not return to his property but he will keep the puppies for now because he is hand-feeding them.
According to the pit bull owner, walking your dog on a leash, on your own property sufficiently "provokes" a loose pit bull to attack. Pit bull owners stop at nothing when it comes to refusing accountability.