Dogs have been classified as “Vicious”
Quarantine for the two dogs involved in the dog attack on Sept. 29, resulting in an older couple being injured and their 4-year-old grandson being airlifted to a hospital, is up today, according to Walton County Animal Control director Bill Wise. The dogs, 10-month-old Rottweillers, belong to the couple. Wise said the dogs have been classified as “vicious” and as such, the owners can only keep one of them.
“They cannot claim both dogs,” Wise said. “State and local law prohibit ownership of more than one dog that is classified as Vicious. As of this moment, they are working on meeting all the provision of owning one vicious dog and making arrangements for their veterinarian to euthanize the other.”
Wise said there are several requirements outlined in to in order to own a dog classified as vicious, such as:
(1) The owner has maintained an enclosure designed to securely confine the vicious dog on the owner’s property, indoors, or in a securely locked and enclosed double-walled pen, fence, or structure suitable to prevent the vicious dog from leaving such property;
(2) Clearly visible warning signs have been posted at all entrances to the premises where the dog resides;
(3) A microchip containing an identification number and capable of being scanned has been injected under the skin between the shoulder blades of the dog;
(4) The dog has been sterilized; and
(5) The owner maintains and can provide proof of general or specific liability insurance in the amount of at least $50,000.00 issued by an insurer authorized to transact business in this State insuring the owner of the vicious dog against liability for any bodily injury or property damage caused by the dog.
There is no update on the condition of the victims as that information is considered confidential under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). However, a friend or family member did post in an update that “everybody will be OK.”
According to the incident report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, once officers arrived at the home, located at 4300 Shiloh Road in Loganville, they made contact with the two older victims who were sitting with their grandson who is not being named at this time as he is a minor.
They advised officers that their two 10-month-old Rottweilers attacked their grandson and then them after their grandson accidentally lifted the latch on the dogs outside gate and they were able to come into the area where the three were playing with a ball.
According to officers, blood was visible on the porch where the three were sitting and all three sustained bite marks and scratches from the incident, with the grandson’s injuries being the worst, requiring him to be sent by helicopter to the hospital.
The family allegedly got the puppies 8 months ago and there had been no incident of this kind and told officers it was, “a freak of nature type incident.”
Animal Control was notified of the incident, arrived on scene, collected the report details and informed the family the two canines would have to go to animal control for a mandatory 10-day quarantine for rabies and that upon the end of the 10-days, the dogs would be available for pick up.
At this time, no citations have been issued by animal control.
UPDATE: The attack involved two Rottweilers owned by the victim’s family. Both dogs are currently at Walton County Animal Control.
As of this moment, there have been no citations issued by animal control, but a Vicious Dog Classification investigation is in process.