Macon-Bibb County Animal Control loading a pit bull suspected of killing Tracey Payne.
Previous Attack by Dogs
UPDATE 08/21/10: Authorities report the same pit bulls that killed Tracey Payne attacked a man walking past the house the night before. Kerry Whisby, 31, said he was cutting through the alley to go to the nearby Flash Foods convenience store at about 11:30 pm when one of the dogs ran up to him and started biting his arm. "The dog tore me up and kept biting even as I was trying to run away," he said. "Eventually, I was able to climb on the roof of someone’s car and ride away."
Unlike the Memphis attack (See: Pit Bulls Kill Man, Injure Four Others in Memphis) that killed William Parker and injured four others in July, police did not know about the incident involving Whisby. The "badly injured" victim did not file a police report after being taken to the hospital in the predawn hours of Thursday.1 Payne was killed between 6-8 am Thursday morning. The attacking pit bulls belonged to the house's previous resident who left the animals behind after moving out.
In a separate incident Wednesday night at the same location, Kerry Whisby, who lives on Carling Avenue, was bitten and badly injured by one of the pit bulls while walking past the house.
Whisby, 31, said he was cutting through the alley to go to the nearby Flash Foods convenience store at about 11:30 p.m. when one of the dogs ran up to him and started biting his arm.
“The dog tore me up and kept biting even as I was trying to run away,” he said. “Eventually, I was able to climb on the roof of someone’s car and ride away.”
Whisby said the dogs belonged to the house’s previous tenant, who he said had left the dogs behind after moving out.
Whisby did not file a police report about the dog attack after being taken to the hospital for his injuries Wednesday night. - Carl Lewis, The Telegraph/Macon.com, August 21, 2010
08/20/10: Fatal Dog Mauling Suspected
Macon, GA - In a developing story, an autopsy conducted Friday confirmed that a woman died of blunt force trauma and lacerations by a pack of pit bulls. She had been dead for about six to eight hours prior to being discovered. Tracey Brazzell Payne, 46, was discovered Thursday in the backyard of a vacant south Macon home with severe lacerations that appeared to be inflicted by dogs. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said a pack of pit bulls was found in the same yard.
A woman whose body was discovered in the backyard of a south Macon home Thursday afternoon died after being attacked by a pack of pit bulls, an autopsy conducted Friday has found.
Tracey Brazzell Payne, 46, was attacked by dogs that were roaming in the yard at 1284 Glendale Ave., near Houston Avenue. Police found her body lying in the bushes in the backyard of the house about 2 p.m. Coroner Leon Jones said Payne died of blunt force trauma and lacerations from the dog attack. She had been dead for about six to eight hours.
Macon police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said police are waiting to see the full autopsy report before making any decisions about exactly how the death occurred. - Carl Lewis, The Telegraph/Macon.com, August 20, 2010
07/25/10: 2010 Fatality: Pit Bulls Kill Man, Injure Four Others in Memphis
06/16/10: 2010 Fatality: Lorain County Man Killed by "Rescued" Dangerous Breeds
08/19/09: 2009 Fatality: Senior Couple Killed by Pack of Dogs in Oglethorpe County