Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 8, 2009

5-year-old killed by pit bulls in Thomasville

THOMASVILLE — The dogs that fatally attacked a five-year-old girl will be euthanized after an observation period.

Meanwhile, Thomasville police are continuing an investigation into the death and attack.

The child was pronounced dead a little before 5 p.m. Monday at Archbold Memorial Hospital. An autopsy is to be performed, officials said.

Police said they had been told that one of the pit bulls belonged to the child’s mother, the other to the mother’s live-in boyfriend. The dogs produced a puppy, which police said is about eight months old.

The dogs were in an enclosed back yard when the attack occurred late Monday afternoon.

“They had free run of the back yard at that time,” police detective Vince Ponder said Tuesday. “They were separated during feeding time.”

It is early in the investigation, Ponder said, adding that the little girl’s loved ones are distraught.

Ponder said the child’s relationship or habits with the dogs has not been determined.

A 14-year-old girl, the victim’s sister, also lives at the residence in the 100 block of Executive Drive.

According to, the United States has 4.7 million dog-bite victims annually and 1,000 Americans are treated daily in emergency rooms for dog bites. There were 33 fatal dog attacks nationwide in 2007, it said.

The Web site, which monitors dog-bite statistics, also said that most victims who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face and more than $300 million is paid annually by homeowners insurance in dog-bite cases.

Murray said the Thomasville girl had massive bites all over her body.

The dogs are being housed at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society animal shelter.

“The family has requested they be euthanized,” said Carol Jones, shelter official.

The animals were to be euthanized within a few days, but they must be held for 10 days of rabies observation.

Text Only
Local News
  • 140422-Dan_Keplinger003.jpg The Art of Determination

    Artist Dan Keplinger invests passion into his frenetic pieces. His line work teems with energy. An unexpected trait in the often technically precise medium of printmaking.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • 140422-RibbonCutting.jpg Learning center named in Horne’s honor

    Noting his lengthy legacy in educating the region's young people, Valdosta City Schools officially renamed the Pinevale Learning Center Tuesday in honor of the late Maceo A. Horne Jr.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rose: Dismiss ‘Quitman 11’ case

    Following the second mistrial in the case of a Brooks County woman accused of voter fraud, a local civil rights leader has called for the issue to be dismissed, but prosecutors plan to seek prosecution for a third time.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

    A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

    April 23, 2014

  • Commission denies City’s annexation request

    Lowndes County received an annexation request from the City of Hahira for five parcels of land that spanned approximately 66 acres, for the purpose of future development, and because the applicant sought city water and sewer.

    April 23, 2014

  • Confederate Memorial Day observed this weekend

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Valdosta Chapter 471, will observe Confederate Memorial Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

    April 23, 2014

  • connell book review.jpg Literary Guild hears Fannie Flagg’s latest

    “Reading for fun is great, but learning while reading is super,” Sandra Connell told the Literary Guild at the April meeting.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Performance index tops Lowndes school board meeting

    Lowndes County Board of Education celebrated the results of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores during its regular session Monday night.

    April 23, 2014

  • N1401P14008C.TIF Sheriff hosts Prescription Take-Back Day

    The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused medications this Saturday as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140421 - flooding Shiloh Rd B#1.jpg Road re-opens following flooding

    Lowndes County officials re-opened one road Monday while keeping an eye on the area’s waterways for potential flooding.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results