Atlanta, GA None - Tragedy for a family in Powder Springs, after pit bulls killed their dog. The family says this is the second time one of their pets has been killed in as many years.
Neighbors plan to lobby for stricter regulations. According to animal control, officers cannot sieze animals unless it is an animal cruelty case or if a human is bitten. Residents say that's just not good enough.
Earlier this month, two pit bulls came inside a Cobb County home. Anne Ransom says Duckie, the family dog, was sitting on her lap earlier this month, when they heard a noise. "When the kitchen door popped open, there were two fawn colored dogs right here," said Ransom. She tells Channel 2 Action News, Duckie tried to run, but the pit bulls grabbed the dog, dragged it to the backyard and mauled it.
Barbara Hays describes how badly Duckie was hurt. "She had over 80 stitches, she had wounds, deep wounds on both sides of her neck, on the back of her neck, on her jaw and went into kidney failure. She just wasn't going to make it," said Hays.
Hays was forced to make the painful decision of having the family pet put down. She's been through this before. In the summer of 2009, two pitbulls got into her backyard and attacked a pomerainan named Firecracker. "They both were great dogs. They didn't deserve it," said Hays.
In the 2009 incident, animal control officers fined Brenda Miller $5,000 for having dangerous dogs. Miller lives two doors away. Her daughter, Jenna, says they no longer have the pit bulls and the ones that attacked Duckie belong to a guy who was walking them down the street that day.
The situation will need to be worked out in court. An initial court appearance is scheduled for May 12.