One police officer who arrived first on the scene described it as the worst dog attack he had ever seen, according to an article. Police were ready to throw the book at the owner of a pit-bull who savagely bit a 13-year-old boy, according to a report on the website onlineathens.com. After investigators questioned the boy again, they found out that he had been hitting his ball against the outside wall of where the dogs were being held. On one of those bounces against the wall the ball hit the gate and it opened, allowing the dogs to escape and attack the boy.
Patrick Rives, Superintendent of Athens-Clarke Animal Control said, “He admitted he caused it. He had been knocking his basketball against the side of the house, and it hit a door that had been previously damaged, and when the door came open, the dogs ran out. That changed everything for us. A provoked bite eliminated the citation for allowing a dog running loose.”
Officials were seeking criminal charges against the neighbor but have not dropped them and will only charge the boy’s neighbor with not having a valid rabies tag on the dogs.
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