Owner of dogs in Loganville attack arrested, dogs to be euthanized

Officials in Loganville and Walton County confirmed that the owner of the three dogs involved in last weeks attack on a 9-year-old and his neighbor has been charged and the three dogs will be euthanized.

According to Robbie Schwartz, spokesman for the City of Loganville, the owner of the three dogs, Derick Murphy, was served on Monday with three notices of vicious dog classification papers. Schwartz said initially Murphy was reluctant to surrender the pit bulls to be euthanized.

“Around 5 p.m. Tuesday he did arrive at the Walton County Animal Shelter and formally surrendered the dogs to be euthanized. They will be put down at the end of the 10-day rabies observation quarantine,” Schwartz said. “Mr. Murphy has been charged by the Walton County Animal Control with nine ordinance violations –  three counts each of animal at large, having a dog with no rabies vaccination and public nuisance. The Loganville Police Department also filed additional charges of two counts of reckless conduct.”

The charges stem from the incident on Big Game Way in Loganville on Jan. 24 when a 9-year-old, reportedly playing in his front yard, was attacked by three pit bulls. A neighbor who ran to his assistance also was attacked by the dogs. She was taken to Clearview Regional Medical Center with injuries and the child was life-flighted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The dogs were brought under control by the owner and were taken to Walton County Animal Control for the mandatory 10-day rabies observation.

Bill Wise, director of Walton County Animal Control, said in a statement that as of Monday the owner had not returned phone calls to animal control regarding whether or not he would be surrendering the dogs for

“As of Monday, January 29, 2018, the owner of the three dogs that reportedly attacked a child and woman on Big Game Way in Loganville, Georgia had not returned phone calls to the animal control director regarding his intentions on whether or not he would be surrendering the dogs for euthanasia following the rabies quarantine observation period.

“Therefore, an animal control officer delivered three notices of Vicious Dog Classification to Derick Murphy’s residence on Monday, January 29. Murphy was not at home and the notices were left with his wife. In addition, City of Loganville Police filed arrest warrants for two counts of reckless conduct,” Wise said, going on to add, “On Tuesday, January 30, Murphy contacted the animal control director by phone regarding the Vicious Classification notices. During the conversation, he stated of his dogs, ‘I would love to get them back if I could.’ After an explanation of the Vicious Classification appeal process, the required quarantine fees due, and the county’s decision to file civil action in superior court requesting euthanasia of the dogs, Murphy came to the shelter just after 5 p.m. to surrender the dogs.”

Wise said at that time, Murphy was served nine local ordinance citations of three counts each of duty of owner to keep animals under control (sec. 10-3),  required vaccination of dogs (sec. 10-13), and public nuisance animal (sec. 10-8). He was then arrested on the outstanding warrants for reckless conduct.

The three dogs are currently still in quarantine at animal control and will be euthanized at the end of the 10-day rabies observation period.


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