K-9 Dog Mauls Two Dogs

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Some residents in one Wiregrass county fear for their safety, after a sheriff's office K-9 mauls two Pomeranians.

While neighbors say they want the dog gone, authorities say he poses no threat to the community.

Wednesday afternoon brought heartache to Abbeville Resident Steve Owens and his wife.

They found their beloved family pets, mauled to death.

"She had the dogs out using the bathroom,” Steve Owens said. “She left to go back into the house; and, after [she came] back out to get the dogs in, she went from door to door trying to find the puppies."

Owens says the Henry County Sheriff's Office K-9 Koda lives just one house away and attacked his Pomeranians.

The two dogs were found here in the driveway of where the K-9 is, but the debatable question is how they got there.

"My wife saw him behind Spector Care in the field,” Owens said. “The dog, when she went looking for him and our dogs, go beside our fence there to use the bathroom. We don't know if he got the puppy and went over and the daddy dog was trying to protect him."

Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept. Sheriff Will Maddox said, "It's not all our fault because the dogs did wander over into the K-9 officer’s yard."

Sheriff Maddox says Koda is trained to sniff out drugs and is not an attack dog.

He also says he is well-behaved and does not have a vicious nature. "Anyone can pet this dog, this dog is very docile," he added.

However, others in the neighborhood feel differently, saying they want the dog out of their community.

Neighbor Charolette Barron said, "I'm very uncomfortable. I have a 12 year old child who was very attached to these animals and if he had been home, he would have went over there to get the dogs and he could have gotten hurt."

Sheriff Maddox says Koda has never attacked a human or another animal before.

But, that doesn't ease the minds of the Owens’.

"Our concern here in the community, the safety of our youngens’, which the puppies were my youngins’, my wife's; it's you know, you can replace them, but that's still not replacing your family members," Owens concluded.

No action is being taken with the K-9.

Sheriff Maddox says he will personally pay for the Owens’ dogs and says he feels terrible about their loss.

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  • by Anonymous Location: abbeville on Aug 7, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    Mrs109, how can a citizen be jealous about making cases tHOugh they are not in Law Enforcement? Get your facts straight before you make a posting. And obviously she dosen't read the paper! there is a difference in grant and seized money!
  • by caring Location: ga. on Aug 7, 2008 at 03:03 PM
    these dogs are very dangerous and there and the dogs keepers are careless because having a badge often means they are above the law
  • by Mrs109 Location: Apd on Aug 7, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    To anonymous(aka pink): Since you do read the paper - you failed to mention the write ups (and photos) of the drugs taken from the streets thanks to K9 Megara and her handler. Grant - seized drug money - what difference does it make? Abbeville is doing a great job. I can understand the jealousy though really..grow up and make a few cases - you might get a tahoe to.
  • by lulu Location: abbeville on Aug 7, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    abbeville's k-9 MEG has never escaped or attecked anyone that's because her fence is regulated, not 3 feet tall. and the last time i checked, koda has not made any drug cases, he just got hear cause every dog they get has to go back, it has been through two handlers in the short time he's been here and if it was my dogs he killed, i would have killed its black butt! i think it's the sheriff's responsibility to pay for the dogs, no matter whose yard they were in, you don't put a k-9 scruffy dog in a 3 foot fence and expect it not to jump it, there are kids in the neighborhood
  • by Anonymous Location: Abbeville on Aug 7, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    Funny that a statement in the paper from the mayor stated to the citizens of Abbeville that the the Tahoe was purchased with a grant that was obtained by the city! Wonder who is lying, Mrs109 or the mayor?
  • by Mrs109 Location: Apd on Aug 7, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    Abbeville hasn't made any drug cases? Funny..Abbeville just purchased a 2008 Police Chevy Tahoe with seized drug money for K9 use -and a brand new crown vic - not to mention the amount of drugs that have been taken off of the streets. Keep up the good work APD!
  • by concerned Location: Riverview Forest on Aug 6, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    So K9 handler, you say that your dog has escaped from the pen while under your control, so just how many times has that been in the last eight years? Nothing to worry about? Yeah right!! Nice try buddy, but a dual purpose drug dog on the loose IS something to worry about!! And your word is nothing to anybody!! Remember that when your dog attacks someone in the neighborhood!
  • by 109 on Aug 6, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    No wonder that Abbeville hasn’t made any drug cases in the last few years the dog is past his prime.
  • by christy Location: shorterville on Aug 6, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    Just get over it already. Everyone has their own story about what happened, even the people that were so called there. If my personal pet were to be in someone elses yard and get killed by their dog who was just protecting its territory then I would just have to live with that. I am responsible as the owner to know where my pet is at all times and would never let her out unattended. You can't bring the dogs back and the K-9 isnt going anywhere. So just let it go!
  • by k9handler Location: abbeville on Aug 5, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    To the individual in Riverview there is nothing to worry about with Abbevilles K9. Abbevilles K9 is in a 6 foot high fence on top of concrete pad so it can't dig out. The gate is locked at all times while she is in it. The other times she is with me in my patrol vehicle. To date which has been 8 years she has escaped from my pen while she has been under my control. My K9 is in the type pen needed for a dog with the type of training she has. I give you my word there is no reason to be afraid.
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