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11 thoughts on “2009 Dog Bite Fatality: Senior Couple Killed by Pack of Dogs in Oglethorpe County

  1. An early report (8/15/09):

    "We definitely haven't ruled out foul play," said Oglethorpe County Coroner James Mathews. "We are looking at a lot of things that seem strange." …The couple loved animals and may have been looking for a pet that wandered off, Mathews said, though authorities don't yet know what killed them. Other pets were at their home not far away when authorities arrived Saturday."

    http://onlineathens.com/stories/081609/new_482215035.shtml

  2. Even more horrific that the husband had to WITNESS his mutilated wife just before he suffered the same death. There isn't any question that one or more sub plots is going on in this tragedy. Whether Georgia officials make these sub plots public (and prosecute) is a separate matter. This is a DOUBLE FATAL ATTACK. Why do I think that Georgia officials will accomplish less than 1% of what Livingston County officials did after their 2007 double fatal mauling?

    https://blog.dogsbite.org/2009/07/history-channel-airs-segment-of-double.html

  3. How can an incompetent elderly man be allowed to have a dozen dogs that he allows to roam? How uncivilzed is it in that county in Georgia?

  4. That area is still pretty red neckish. It's a lot of open forest land, plenty of room for animals to roam. And people stay to themselves. Yep, you'd call it uncivilized to a degree although the burbs are encroaching fast and life is changing. But all in all, I can believe it. There was a mauling 2-3 months ago in the same area that made the news.

  5. Looks like 16 dogs total are being court ordered euthanized. Though, authorities are still searching for "other" dogs in the area. Additionally, it is finally mentioned how many animals the Schweders' owned (27):

    "By Tuesday evening, 11 dogs and 5 puppies had been taken to the Madison-Oglethorpe animal shelter, where the staff was beginning court-ordered euthanizations. Authorities were still trying to catch two other dogs seen in the area. Meanwhile, the shelter has been asked to look for homes for the Schweders' 20 cats and seven dogs."

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nation/ap/53570327.html

  6. The Georgia Department of Health considers dog bites and dog bite prevention a joke. They actively killed a Federally funded program a few years ago specifically dedicated to this issue. Georgia on the whole has one of the most antiquated and primitive dog bite laws on the books. How many GA citizens are going to have to suffer this fate before the state officials get off their fat butts and do something?

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