Judge orders 33 remaining Rottweiler dogs to be euthanized - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Judge orders 33 remaining Rottweiler dogs to be euthanized

Posted: Updated:
The neighborhood in Leeds where the fatal dog attack occurred Thursday. Source: WBRC video The neighborhood in Leeds where the fatal dog attack occurred Thursday. Source: WBRC video
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Attempted poker game robbery leaves one dead in Opelika

    Attempted poker game robbery leaves one dead in Opelika

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:37:14 GMT
    On August 31 at about 11:33 p.m. CST, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls from subjects attending a poker party in reference to a shooting with at least two injured gunshot victims. More >>
    On August 31 at about 11:33 p.m. CST, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls from subjects attending a poker party in reference to a shooting with at least two injured gunshot victims. 

     
    More >>
  • Columbus woman speaks out about domestic violence

    Columbus woman speaks out about domestic violence

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:23:03 GMT
    A Columbus woman is speaking out about domestic violence. She speaks about her near death experience and the fight to regain control of her life.More >>
    A Columbus woman is speaking out about domestic violence. She speaks about her near death experience and the fight to regain control of her life.More >>
  • Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:26 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:26:01 GMT
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair
    More >>
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair since 2010 when the fair restarted, and it originated in 1980 to raise money to refurbish the old courthouse after it began to deteriorate.More >>
LEEDS, AL (WBRC) -

A judge has decided that more than 30 Rottweiller dogs belonging to an owner in Leeds will be euthanized after two of the owner's dogs mauled an elderly man to death last month.

Donald Thomas, 83, was killed when two of his neighbor's Rottweiler dogs attacked him while he was checking his mail at his home on Sept. 20. Leeds police shot and killed the two dogs when they became threatening toward an officer as he approached the scene.

According to court documents, Thomas' body was found on the dogs' owner's property.

The remaining 33 dogs, all Rottweilers or Rottweiler mixes, were picked up by the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control following the deadly attack. The BJCAC performed mental and physical evaluations of each animal and presented their findings to the St. Clair County District Attorney.

St. Clair County District Judge Alan Furr ruled Tuesday, Oct. 2 that all 33 of the owner's remaining dogs should be humanely euthanized. Judge Furr based his decision on the testimony of Leeds Police Investigator Rhiannon Holman, who described the extent of Thomas' injuries, saying the Rottweilers who attacked him chewed the skin and flesh from his legs. Holman also spoke about the aggressive behavior displayed by the remaining dogs during the removal process.

The attorney for the dog owner said the owners didn't want the seized dogs back, due in part to what happened. They still, however, deny any wrongdoing.

So far, no charges have been filed in the case.

Copyright 2012 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.