Friday, April 29, 2016

North Georgia mayor saves woman, dog from dog attack

GEORGIA -- A north Georgia man heard his neighbor screaming for help, after three dogs attacked her and her dog.

Carly Sharec told Channel 2 Action News the man — who happened to be the mayor of Dawsonville — saved her and her dog from the surprise attack.

Dawsonville is a city in Dawson County, which is located about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta.

The dogs knocked her down and started tearing at her dog, Bowser.

“So I was screaming,” Sharec said. “I was trying to get back to the house and [the dogs] yanked [Bowser] from my arms.”

Mayor James Grogan ran to the rescue with a pair of lopping shears, which are usually used for pruning and gardening.

“They’d already knocked her down and her dog that she was holding,” Grogan said. “I could see that it was chewed up really bad.”

Grogan grabbed the loppers and chased off the three dogs, which were ripping into Bowser’s leg.

“They got us both on the ground and were ripping into his leg, so the smaller dog was trying to rip into his neck,” Sharec said.

Bowser needed surgery after the attack, but was expected to be OK, according to Channel 2.

Grogan said he didn’t do much.

“I didn’t do a whole lot,” Grogan said. “I’ll be honest with you. It was just one of those things that being there, but I’m glad I was.”

Sharec called the mayor a hero.

“He is an incredible guy, obviously. He saved our lives,” Sharec said. “We were within seconds of a different outcome.”

Animal Control located the three dogs two days later. They were in quarantine Wednesday to see if they have rabies.

( - April 27, 2016)

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