COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Residents in a Colquitt County neighborhood said they feel safer after three dangerous dogs were euthanized.
"It should have happened a long time ago," said neighbor Bill Suber. "She shouldn't be in the problems she's in right now."
It's been three weeks since Beth Ellison, 84, was mauled by three of her neighbor's dogs.
"I'm just glad it's over. I'll be glad when it's over with for her," said Suber.
Suber has lived next door to Ellison for almost 40 years.
He said now that the dogs are gone, he wishes her pain was too.
"From what I've heard about Beth," he said, "she won't ever be back to like she was."
On April 1, three mixed breed dogs belonging to neighbor Jerry McDonald attacked Ellison while she was working in her yard.
An attack that left her with severe injuries, with over 80 percent of her scalp gone.
"We know that these incidents do happen, but for Colquitt county, this was the first one for us," said Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society Executive Director Dawn Blanton. "And to happen with it being this malicious."
After the attack, the dogs were quarantined at the Humane Society, as workers waited for McDonald to sign over the rights for them to euthanize the animals.
But that did not happen.
"We had to continuously go through lawyers, judges, chambers, to try and get them to expedite the case so we could go ahead and get the dogs euthanized," she said.
Finally after three weeks, McDonald signed them over to be euthanized.
"It was a long lengthy process," said Blanton, "and one that we hope we never have to go through again."
This feeling of relief resonates with neighbors here on Beaty Road.
"It'll be a good day when I sit here on my swing and can look at her back in her yard," said Suber.
The dogs were euthanized Thursday.
If this had gone to trial, McDonald would have only been able to get back one of the dogs back.
State law says you can only own one animal deemed vicious.
That vicious dog would have also been required to be muzzled and caged, which Blanton said is not a real life for an animal.