Fatal dog attack leads to proposed legislation - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Fatal dog attack leads to proposed legislation

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Salmonella outbreak trial coverage from Albany, GA

    Salmonella outbreak trial coverage from Albany, GA

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:00:31 GMT
    The federal courthouse in Albany, GAThe federal courthouse in Albany, GA
    The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia began Thursday.More >>
    The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia began Thursday.More >>
  • Breaking

    Jury struck in salmonella outbreak trial

    Jury struck in salmonella outbreak trial

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:50:27 GMT
    Sign at the Peanut Corporation of AmericaSign at the Peanut Corporation of America
    A jury is expected to be struck Thursday morning in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.More >>
    A jury is expected to be struck Thursday morning in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.More >>
  • Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:55:40 GMT
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection.More >>
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection.More >>

South Georgia lawmakers are working on a bill to protect people from dangerous dogs after a fatal dog attack in Lowndes County.

They introduced legislation that would punish owners whose dogs are not properly secured and attacked someone.

40-year old Misti Wyno was walking home from her next door neighbor's house last month when their pit bull killed her.

A new bill could charge dog owners with felonies, send them to prison, and or fine them up to $20,000 if their dog seriously injuries or kills someone.

"I hope this law is one of those laws that are passed and then put to the side and never implemented," said Valdosta Lowndes County Humane Society Executive Director John Gates.

John Gates would also like one addition to the law.

 "I would like to see one step further that animals being sold on the side of the road be stopped immediately in the state of Georgia," said Gates.

Jimmy Watkins who lives near where Misti Wyno was attacked believes pit bulls have been inbred over the years.

"They're dangerous," said Watkins. "They've been inbred so much they don't have any sense anymore. They're bred to fight and kill and that's what they do."

Lawmakers say the bill would protect people from potentially dangerous dogs.

"It's wonderful if they can get it pushed through," said Watkins.

"It finally woke up some people in Atlanta but it took a lady's life to lose over an animal attack," said Gates.

John Gates says he thanks the lawmakers for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves, the dogs.

The owner of the dog that killed Misti Wyno has not been charged.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.