Lo­cal wo­man mauled by pit bull-boxer mix

Dog to be quar­an­tined for 10 days

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jenny Thompson

Donna Sue Gar­ner of Ox­ford is in se­vere pain for hav­ing a big heart.

Gar­ner was tak­ing food to a neigh­bor’s dogs on Sid­ney Lanier Drive Wed­nes­day morn­ing, when a pit bull-boxer mix came from around the side of the house and at­tacked her.

Gar­ner’s hus­band Wade said a neigh­bor heard her scream­ing and ran out­side to pull the dog off her.

“He ran out there, and I guess you could call him a guardian an­gel,” he said, “be­cause there’s no telling what would have hap­pened if he hadn’t come.”

The dog bit Gar­ner on her back, arms and legs. She had to un­dergo sev­eral surg­eries yes­ter­day and to­day.

Gar­ner is the mother-in-law of the brother of Ox­ford Po­lice Of­fi­cer Mandy Poole, who said Wed­nes­day was a rough night for Gar­ner. Poole said she was emo­tion­ally dis­traught, suf­fer­ing from flash­backs of the in­ci­dent. She ex­plained Gar­ner’s doc­tors are mon­i­tor­ing her closely for in­fec­tion in her mul­ti­ple bite wounds.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son ex­plained why Gar­ner was feed­ing her neigh­bor’s dogs.

“The vic­tim no­ticed the dogs had been sev­eral days with­out food, ap­par­ently the owner has had a hard time lately,” Wat­ter­son said, “and she ac­tu­ally called the owner to tell him she was go­ing over there to feed them.”

Wade Gar­ner said usu­ally the dog that at­tacked his wife is chained in their neigh­bor’s back yard. He also said the neigh­bor has more than one dog.

New­ton County An­i­mal Con­trol Di­rec­tor Teri Key-Hoo­son said the re­port­ing an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer did not no­tice any other dogs and thought the an­i­mal may have es­caped the house through an open win­dow.

Key-Hoo­son said no ci­ta­tions would be writ­ten against the owner since the dog was turned over to An­i­mal Con­trol.

The dog will be held for 10 days in quar­an­tine to de­ter­mine whether it was in­fected with ra­bies or any other like ill­ness.

“Af­ter the 10 days the dog will be eu­th­a­nized,” Key-Hoo­son said.

Gar­ner is cur­rently listed in stable con­di­tion.

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