MILLEDGEVILLE — I am writing to call for an urgent restructuring of Animal Control in Baldwin County and report on this agency’s gross mishandling of a recent dangerous situation here in Milledgeville.
My family lives in the Carrington Woods neighborhood of Milledgeville. As early as January of this year, a friend of ours who regularly rides his bike in the neighborhood noticed a brown pit bull with black stripes and a green collar roaming the neighborhood in the company of a black and white dog. About two-and-a-half months ago, these dogs, who seemed dangerous, followed and stalked my daughter and me on a walk through the neighborhood, with my grand-daughter in a stroller. We made it home just in time.
I subsequently left two messages for Animal Control with the Sheriff’s office, but never heard back.
A friend of mine, who takes nightly walks with her own dog in Carrington Woods, also called repeatedly about the situation in our neighborhood. About two weeks after our own encounter with the dogs, a friend and colleague of mine discovered the two stray dogs in his yard when he came home from work. The dogs ran off, having just killed one of our friend’s cats. After repeated attempts, our friend was finally able to talk to Mr. Mosely on the phone about the incident and was told that Animal Control had received numerous other calls from our neighborhood about these dogs and was well aware of the situation.
Several more weeks passed. The dogs kept running loose. On June 6, around 10 a.m., the dogs threatened one of our neighbors on her back porch. They ran on around the corner, where they attacked another neighbor’s dog. The neighbor’s pet sustained serious neck injuries, but the owner managed to fend off the attacking dogs with a baseball bat. The neighbor’s son chased the dogs away from their house, back towards our house, where they attacked and killed one of our cats, Snowflake. Called by one of the neighbors, a member of the Milledgeville Police Department arrived, but told the neighbors that there was nothing he could do. According to the neighbors, 40 more minutes to an hour passed before Animal Control showed up on the scene. From what I have been told, Animal Control finally tranquilized and euthanized the pit bull in the neighbor’s yard across from our house at the end of the day on June 6.