Owner Found Guilty
Cherokee, GA - It was recently reported that Carolyn Reidenbach was found guilty after her two loose pit bulls savagely attacked and killed two family pets. We point this article out for two reasons. First, we don't run across pit bull attacks on pets that end in a guilty verdict too often. In many instances, charges are never brought at all. Second, we've never seen the verbiage "exploded ribs" before. It's precisely the type of injury pit bulls can inflict on a dog.
"Carolyn Reidenbach was cited in December by the Cherokee County Marshal's Office Animal Control Division. She was charged with two counts of animal attack on a human, two counts of animal attack on animals and two counts of unrestrained animals. Ms. Reidenbach was found guilty on Tuesday in Cherokee County Magistrate Court, fined $1,220 and ordered to pay $5,567 in restitution.
Donna Goodall of Macedonia and her children were walking their two dogs on Water Tank Road on the Friday afternoon after Christmas when they were attacked by two loose pit bulls. The pit bulls caused serious puncture wounds to Mrs. Goodall's hands, who also hurt her back as she fought the dogs off. Her children ran from the scene and were uninjured.
The family's two dogs, who were on leashes, were seriously injured. Marlin, an 11-year-old Jack Russell, suffered exploded ribs, a punctured lung and tissue damage. After extensive surgery, he died from his wounds. Marlin had worked as a dog model for Petsafe and appears in their product guides and promotional materials.
Bella, a 9-month-old, newly field trial-trained yellow Labrador, suffered a shattered back leg and lacerations. The responding animal control officer said Ms. Reidenbach "showed no remorse." Witnesses said, after the attack, Ms. Reidenbach brought her dogs inside and offered no assistance to Mrs. Goodall, her children, their dogs or neighbors who ran out to aid them."
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