5:50 pm EST March 6, 2009
MILTON, Ga. -- Residents of a North Fulton County community told Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Regan that they are worried about their safety after a pit bull attacked and killed another dog.
The attack happened in the Lake Deerfield neighborhood in Milton. Although Linda Alderman, the pit bull’s owner, was cited by police for having a vicious dog off a leash, Regan has since learned that animal control officers returned the dog to Alderman.
"How many dogs is this animal going to kill before he gets to a small child?" said Holly Proano, whose 8-year-old poodle, Lucky, was mauled and killed by the pit bull.
"He would not let my dog go. My dog was screaming … he wouldn't let go,” said Proano.
The owner of the pit bull arrived and pulled the animal off Lucky. But the damage was done.
Veterinarians kept Lucky alive at an area pet hospital as they tried to determine whether surgery would save the animal, which had gaping wounds on its stomach.
"They were worried with nerve damage, he was going to lose the leg," said Proano.
Lucky died two days later. Proano is now out nearly $5,000 in vet bills.
Stephanie Wolf lives in the neighborhood and said the pit bull has a history of aggressive behavior. Wolf said she watched the same dog attack another small dog last summer.
"I want to live in a safe place. I don't want someone to die from a vicious dog," said Wolf.
Regan tried visiting the dog's owner home, but there was no answer.
Milton police told Regan that it was an animal control decision to release the dog, but the county said by e-mail that the officer on scene allowed the owner to keep the pit bull in home confinement, even after issuing a citation that the dog was vicious.
Details will be presented when the case goes to court in late March.