A 66-year old woman was killed by a blue nose pit bull outside of Pitts, Georgia.
Woman Dies of Injuries
Pitts, GA – On Friday, the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office announced two separate pit bull attacks. Both victims were female, and one attack resulted in death. Doris McBurse, 66-years old, was announced dead at the scene. “The victim and her husband were the owners of the pit bull that had broken free from its chain,” states a release from the sheriff’s office. The attack occurred at the victim’s home in the 2600 block of Pearce Road. The attacking dog was a “blue pit bull.”
WMAZ spoke to Wilcox County Coroner Janice Brown, who said the pit bull belonged to McBurse’s husband. She apparently escaped to her car for safety, but then died of her injuries, Brown said. They found her body inside the car. The couple had owned that blue pit bull -- there are several on the McBurse property -- for about three or four years. No one knows why the dog attacked her. The animal was surrendered to the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office and euthanized.
Over a dozen photographs published on her husband’s Facebook page, Harris McBurse, shows that he had been breeding pit bulls for some time. The adult pit bulls, a red nose and blue nose, are seen staked out on chains. He advertised both colors for sale. “Top of the line puppies! Very beautiful and with plenty of fire,” he stated in a June 1, 2019 Facebook post. He also called the “Daddy” a “blue pit”, which could be “Flash the blue,” and the “mother” a “sandy red” pit bull.
Wilcox County Georgia Sheriff's Office
January 27, 2023
"On January 17, and again on January 24, 2023, there were two separate Pitbull dog attacks in Wilcox County. The first was in Pineview, Ga., resulting in a female victim being injured. The two dogs were quarantined for ten days, per state law, to assure rabies wasn't an issue. After the ten day waiting period, the Wilcox County Sheriff transported the animals to be humanely euthanized after the owner signed over custody.
The second attack occurred outside of Pitts, Ga., resulting in the death of a female victim. She was pronounced deceased on the scene of the attack. The victim and her husband were the owners of the Pitbull that had broken free from its chain. The dog was removed from the premises by the Sheriff and taken to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian after the owner signed the necessary paperwork. There is an ongoing investigation of this case.
Dog owners, be aware, you are liable for what your animals do. You have to take every precaution to ensure your animals are secure on your property for safety of other people and yourself."
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