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Bronwood may enact dangerous dog ordinance

BRONWOOD, GA (WALB) -

The City of Bronwood may adopt a dangerous dog ordinance after a woman was attacked overnight by two pit bulls. The dogs are under quarantine after biting a woman's arm, and charging at deputies and an animal control officer.

"Her arm was gashed at her wrist. She was at Phoebe Putney," said Terrell Co. Animal Control Director Martha Ann Coe.

Yvonne Gregg was walking to a friend's home on 3rd Street in Bronwood around 3:00 AM Wednesday when at least one of the pits bit her. Both dogs though showed aggression to two deputies and Coe.

"When I tired to apprehend the dogs, the first dog was under a handicap ramp. It charged at me and a deputy while I was trying to snare it with a noose. The other dog came from around the corner of the home and charged at me and the deputy," said Coe.

The dogs' owner Paul Harris is charged with a leash law violation, but Bronwood does not have a dangerous dog ordinance. Coe says with more than a dozen attacks by pits on people and animals in the county, she's hoping Bronwood city leaders will consider put an ordinance on the books.

"I did speak to the council this month at their meeting requesting that they consider adopting that portion of our ordinance so we'll be able to enforce that also," said Coe.

It's unclear if the dogs have been vaccinated which could lead the victim to undergo treatment for rabies. Meanwhile they'll remain in the Terrell County Animal Shelter for 10 days until a decision about their fate will be made.

Gregg was treated and released from the hospital. Bronwood city council will review adopting the dangerous dog ordinance at its Monday night meeting. The dogs' owner did surrender those dogs and could be forced to pay for the victim's medical expenses.

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