Paulding gives update on dog attack

The owner of a dog, now euthanized, is scheduled for a Paulding court hearing on Feb. 11 on four citations for a Nov. 7 incident when the dog bit a teen girl in several places on her arms and legs.

Lt. Stephen Goss with the Paulding County Marshal Bureau told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by email on Nov. 28 that “the child has been released from the hospital, the dog tested negative for rabies and there was no attempt to determine if the dog was part wolf.”

At around 7:19 a.m. Nov. 7 on Kacey Court off Pine Valley Road, the black dog - “possibly a German shepherd mix” - bit the 14-year-old girl after the school bus departed with her younger brother on board, according to a Nov. 7 news release by Goss.

After “a citizen intervened,” the dog ran off and was captured by Paulding County Animal Control and Marshal Bureau deputies, Goss said.

The girl was transported to a local hospital by her mother, he added.

“Cooperative in this investigation,” the dog’s owner Derrick Jones was issued four citations “for a leash law violation, no access to shelter for the dog, no access to fresh water for the dog and no proof of current rabies vaccination,” Goss said.

It will be “the court’s discretion if a fine could be paid or a court appearance would be mandatory,” Goss added.