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Man pulls gun after dog bites child in store

Men fled with animal before police responded

POSTED: March 19, 2013 12:39 a.m.

A man pulled a gun on an individual who tried to prevent him from leaving a pet store after a child was bitten by a dog there Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Gainesville police arrived at the PetSmart on Dawsonville Highway at about 5 p.m. Saturday after a call that a child had been bitten by a dog in the store, police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said Monday.

According to the police report, witnesses tried to stop the two men with the dog from leaving the store. The witnesses followed the two men and the dog into the parking lot where the men and dog entered a vehicle.

According to witnesses, the man on the passenger side of the vehicle pulled a handgun on an individual as the vehicle left, said Holbrook.

“Witnesses were able to identify the vehicle and got a possible tag (number),” he said.

The child who was bitten was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The report has been turned over to criminal investigations for follow-up.

According to the American Humane Association, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year, and nearly 800,000 required medical care. In addition, 50 percent of dog attacks involve children under the age of 12.

The association encourages parents to educate children about how to act around dogs. Studies have shown the way to prevent a dog bite is to be educated on how to play with dogs, when to leave dogs alone and how to properly meet a dog.


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