Cobb dog owners charged in attack on neighbors

Cobb police have charged a man and woman in connection to a brutal dog attack on an elderly woman and several other residents last month in Marietta.

Leslie White and Jeremiah Gamble, the owners of the seven dogs involved in the April 10 incident, were each charged with seven counts of reckless conduct and one count of keeping a disorderly house, Cobb police spokesman Neil Penirelli said. Cobb police did not have additional details on the specifics of the charges. 

Seven dogs described by police as pit bulls escaped their Beverly Lane home April 10 and attacked an 82-year-old neighbor outside her home and another woman in the dog owner’s home off Windy Hill Road. Police who came to the scene shot two of the dogs, killing one. Five people were injured in the attack and both women were taken to the hospital.

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According to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, White had been cited six times between February 2018 and March of this year for the dogs roaming the neighborhood, injuring a chicken and biting another animal. However, Cobb County Animal Services Director Shana Luke said agency did not have any reports of the dogs biting people before the April 10 incident.

The dogs were removed from Gamble and White’s care, and their fate will be decided by a Cobb judge once the case is heard in court, Penirelli said. 

Cobb jail records show Gamble, 38, was booked into the facility the same day of the attack on a probation violation charge and was released on a $2,970 bail. A search of those records do not indicate White was ever booked into the Cobb jail. 

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