Owner of Dog Shot By Deputy Has History of Animal Control Calls
By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
New concern in one South Augusta neighborhood about dogs running loose.
This after a Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy shot a pit bull while looking into complaints.
The Richmond County Sheriff's office says this deputy did what he had to do after the dog charged at him,
News Channel 6's Deon Guillory uncovered that this home has a history with animal control calls.
"He had no choice to shoot him," said Gina Gonzalez
Gina Gonzalez is talking about her neighbor's dog named Polo.
The dog had to have surgery after being shot by a Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy.
It all started when a Richmond County deputy was investigating a complaint about Polo chasing after Gonzalez's kids.
Gonzalez said, "The deputy drove into the property, where the dog was at, the dog was loose. The deputy gets out of the vehicle, just trying to get the dog away.When the deputy got close to the house is when the dog charged right after him."
According to an incident report, the deputy shot the dog in the front leg.
We went to the owner's house to talk to her about the situation but there's a loose dog barking at us and the gate here is wide open. We also talked to animal control who tells us they have been here several times in the past few years.
In Augusta 2006, there was a call about 5 dogs loose.
Calls about a loose pit bull in March 2007 and September 2008.
Back in February there was a call about a dog biting a child.
A loose dog call last Wednesday and then Saturday's incident.
Sgt. Shane McDaniel with the Sheriff's office says your dog, you're liable.
"Animal owners should know that they need to maintain care, you know, control of their animals and if they don't, they can ultimately be held responsible," said McDaniel.
Gonzalez says after dealing with this for almost 2 years, she wants action.
News Channel 6's Deon Guillory asked her "What would you like to see happen?
Gonzalez replied, "To be that they never have permission to get another dog. They don't need animals period."
We called the homeowner numerous times to get her side of the story when she finally answered she told us she didn't want to talk about the incident.
Animal control says she wasn't given a citation because the dog was on her property, which is fenced in, when they got there.