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Maria Socorro Tovar (Source: Tift Co. Sheriff's Office) Maria Socorro Tovar (Source: Tift Co. Sheriff's Office)
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May 18, 2005

by Dave Miller

Tift County-- A mother and her son have been taken into custody by the Tift County Sheriff's Office, in connection with the mauling of Ramiro Valdez on May 11.

Maria Socorro Tovar, the owner of a black Labrador Retriever, and her son, Rico Tovar, the owner of a Doberman pinscher and a bulldog mix, were both arrested and charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.

Seven year old Ramiro Valdez was riding his bike along Tift County Line Road when he was attacked by four dogs, the Lab, the Doberman, the bulldog mix, and another stray dog.

Ramiro tried to use a beer bottle to fight off the dogs. Investigators say the canines probably only stopped attacking when he passed out. After the attack, Ramiro was able to gather himself enough to walk 200 yards down the road to his house.

Authorities say this isn't the first time three of these dogs have attacked a child.

Only the Doberman has not already been killed, and his fate will be decided by the Tift County dangerous dog board. It's comprised of three members who will meet on June first to decide the fate of the Doberman.

The sheriff's office says the Tovars were released on bond.

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