Two people airlifted after being attacked by group of dogs in Jackson County


By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 31, 2019

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) – Two individuals were life-flighted to a hospital Thursday night after they were attacked by seven dogs.

The attack happened at a home off Damascus Church Road in Graceville in Jackson County.

Authorities say seven dogs attacked three people and among the three, two had serious injuries.

Deputies found that the seven dogs involved in the attack belonged to Barry Harris. His mother, Caron Harris, and his uncle, William Harris, were attacked.

Janice Whatford, who lives just down the road from the residence, shares, "Another neighbor down the road came by and told us what had happened and that Barry Harris mother was the one that was being life-flighted."

Authorities say Caron and William were life-flighted to a hospital. The third victim, who has not been identified, was attacked while they were riding an ATV. They suffered minor injuries.

The attack took neighbors like Terrell Culbreth by surprise, "I was just shocked. I have got four younglings of my own, and it just gets your attention."

Culbreth and other people who live in the area say they have noticed aggressive behavior by the dogs before, "I've seen the dogs out and they look somewhat aggressive when you are driving by a vehicle. "I have told mine [his children] not to even go out to the dirt road, just kind of stay in the yard."

"I have seen the same dogs, I don't know if they're the exact same dogs, or not," Whatford said. "But, they have been in our yard before and it makes it very uncomfortable to know that that's going on in your neighborhood."

Jackson County does not have a leash policy, meaning that dogs in the county can roam freely without being bound by a chain or leash. However, law enforcement says if animals are aggressive, owners should take precautions.

Commander Virgil Washington of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office expresses, "If you have animals like that, you must control them."

Culbreth echoes, "Be aware of what's in the neighborhood and pay attention."

Neighbors are hoping the Harrises make a full recovery.

"We had said some prayers for her, so we hope that she is doing good," shares Whatford.

By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 31, 2019

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) – Three people were transported to the hospital, including two who had to be airlifted, following a dog attack in Jackson County.

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded around 6:45 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 5000 block of Damascus Church Road in reference to a dog bite.

JCSO says Caron Harris, 65, and William Harris, 63, had been attacked by a group of seven dogs, causing "extensive damage." A person riding by on an ATV was also bitten by the dogs.

Caron Harris and William Harris were airlifted to the hospital with severe injuries. There is no word on their current conditions. The ATV driver was treated for minor injuries.

Jackson County Animal Control was able to contain and seize the dogs. The sheriff's office has not confirmed who the dogs belong to or how the attack began.

The incident is still under investigation.

The Graceville Police Department assisted deputies on the scene.

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