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Editorial: Columbia County leadership needs to call an emergency meeting on animal control



With the exception of some canned statement of sadness related to the mauling of Justin Gilstrap, Columbia County officials have been silent on the issue of animal control. The inaction and silence on the county's part is deafening.

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  1. There have been multiple media accounts of the attack by the three dogs. Not a single media outlet has determined what, if any liability insurance the dog’s owner possesses. Is he a homeowner, or a renter ? There is no question in my mind that Columbia County had better get a nice pen, and get ready to write a really big check. Sadly, this article is “spot on”, and in THIS case, silence is NOT golden.

  2. I disagree totally! When all the facts come out correctly, instead of piecemeal, a little of this and a little of that, the County should be cleared, because they are following STATE LAW when it comes to how they are operating Animal control services. Could they enact tougher laws, sure they can but if they do it as to this case it will say they think they are responsible and I for one don’t think so. But if the editorial board of TAP would step up and show the county how they can rid the county of all bad residents, please do so. Columbia County is so far ahead of the rest of the CSRA in law enforcement and quality of life, it is a total shame to the others, but no County is perfect. And when and if they have to write that check you speak of it will partially be because of your attitude not their attitude.

  3. The definition of a vicious dog in Col Co is a dog that has attacked a human. It needs to be changed asap to a dog that has attacked any living animal…its too late for my dead goat but the one who survived the attack ….she would appreciate. The same pitbull attacked neighbors horse a few weeks after killing my goat. He was taken down by the horses owner…but the accomplice pitbull that survived this incident was put on probation. He violated probation ….yet he is still w the owners in the neighborhood!…he needs to be gone!

    • There are two available remedies – retain an attorney and sue the dog owner, and the insurance company if there is one, or file a complaint in a magistrates court and seek financial compensation. Place a lien on dog owner’s assets if they do not appear in court or pay any award.

  4. So there we were at our normal Pizza Central Saturday night date that I get a call from a very nice Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy.

    Neighbor across Clark Pointe called complaining about our dog barking.

    Asked if the dog had water, told her yes and explained she was a rescue with health issues. Problem solved.

    Same neighbor called earlier about my next door neighbor operating a power tool after dark.

    Been here 25 years and always had quick, prompt response to anything from Columbia County.

    This case was unfortunate and hoping Justin recovers to full health, but the guilty party is the guy that owned the dogs.

  5. Lawyers habitually avoid dog cases Jurisdictions at all levels have been and continue to struggle with the regulation of dangerous animals ” before the bite”

    The answer seems to lie in compelling the owner to responsible ownership, or be deemed rightfully liable for damages.

    The Board of Commissioners is working on this at the moment.
    I trust their efforts and deliberations to deliver for the citizens.

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