By: Kara Duffy
April 3, 2014
Colquitt County, GA- Several dogs are now being held at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society after being deemed vicious.
Executive Director Don Flowers says just within the past week they've seen a spike in the number of dog attacks.
"This week we've had 7 dog bites and all of them have been in the county' 5 of those were pretty serious," Flowers said. "We've seen skin torn off the arms, puncture wounds to the face; one individual a few years back had 80 stitches in their head and that was a young child," he added.
Georgia's Responsible Dog Ownership Law went into effect in 2012; the goal is to protect people and pets from dangerous dog attacks.
"If it's been deemed vicious or dangerous, they'll have to keep it in a certain enclosure, they'll have to have a lock on it, get extra insurance; up to $50,000," Flowers said.
On Tuesday, Colquitt County Commissioners voted to make some changes to the law; starting with the formation of an appeals board.
Flowers says the board will consist of several members, including a lawyer as well as a representative from the Health Department.
"If an individual has a dog that we have deemed as vicious or potentially dangerous, it gives the owner a right to go before the board and try to have that decision changed," Flowers said.
Flowers says the appeals panel will be operating fully within the next month.