High number of attacks leads to tougher rules
Colquitt County has had a dangerous dog ordinance in place for a while now, but it just got tougher.
Don Flowers, the director of the Moultrie-Colquitt Humane Society says what they're called a 'review' board was approved by county commissioners.
Flowers says, "if I go out on a call and deem a dog as being vicious or potentially dangerous there's a board set up that will overview what my decision is."
If the owner doesn't agree they can then go in front of the board themselves and plead their case. If the dog is deemed dangerous the owner will have to get the dog registered, keep it in an enclosed area, and take out $50,000 worth of insurance on the dog.
For dog owners like Ashia Wilcox, this is worrisome. She has a pit bull mix who she describes as, "not aggressive at all. He's people friendly and he loves kids."
But, Flowers says in the past week they've had seven dog bite cases and something has to be done. When asked if this number is alarming he said, "It's very high. We normally only have one or two a month and this is getting out of hand."
For Wilcox, she just hopes her dog's puppy-like behaviors aren't perceived as dangerous.