Lowndes Co. mother pushing for anti-chaining ordinance

Published: Feb. 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2015 at 6:23 PM EST
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6 year-old Jaxon Smith received multiple cuts to his face when he was attacked by the dog
6 year-old Jaxon Smith received multiple cuts to his face when he was attacked by the dog
Christine Smith
Christine Smith

LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - Lowndes County mother Christine Smith was trying to get county commissioners to approve an anti-chaining ordinance as soon as possible Wednesday.

The wounds that her 6 year-old son, Jaxon Smith, was still recovering from Wednesday were the result of being attacked by a neighbor's dog that had been chained up for long periods of time while playing outside on January 25th.

"He came runnin' home. He had been bit on his face, top of his head, back of his head, his back," Smith explained. The dog has since been signed over to animal control by the dog's owner and was expected to be euthanized once the investigation was complete.

Jaxon's mother said the dog was constantly chained up, causing it to become aggressive, which she believes ultimately led the dog to attack Jaxon when it broke loose from it's chain on the January 25th."This dog was tied out all the time; morning, noon, and night. The lady would even tell us, 'I go out of town, he stays tied in the back yard,'" Smith said.

WALB tried to speak to the dog's owner, but the owner declined to comment.

The vet who originally proposed the anti-chaining ordinance said constantly chaining dogs increases the chance of the dog becoming aggressive and attacking. Jaxon's mother said this is exactly why commissioners need to pass the proposed ordinance as soon as possible.

"My son, who is 6 years old, is now scared to go outside by himself because of a dog that broke loose off a chain, who was kept on a chain all the time," Smith emphasized.

Commissioners had a lengthy discussion on the issue at their retreat on Friday, February 6th. "What the chairman asked staff to come back to the commissioners with," said Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes, "is a better definition of what that is and how it should be handled."

Questions commissioners were expected to, as of Wednesday, take several more months to answer.

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