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Columbia County Sheriff's Report August 28

8/28/2009 11:50:00 AM

Lake City, Georgia --The Columbia County Sheriff's Office reports that a Deputy had to euthanize an aggressive dog at 322 N.W. Waldo Rd, Lake City. At approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday, August 27. Deputies were investigating a complaint at 322 N.W. Waldo Street, Lake City. While servicing that call, the deputies observed a dog attacking a young child in the front yard of the residence.

The dog, chained to a tree, was on top of the boy, mauling and shaking him. Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Stacy Croft, Deputy Sheriff Keith Spradley and Deputy Sheriff Jonathon Rhodes immediately rushed to the aid of the 7-year-old boy. Deputy Rhodes was able to free the child from the dog and move him to safety. The dog continued to bite the child as he was being pulled away.

The female pit bull then charged at Sgt Croft. Sgt Croft tried to retreat but the dog kept coming at him aggressively. Sgt Croft, protecting himself and the other Deputies from attack, was forced to shoot the attacking dog. Sgt Croft fired one round from his duty weapon. The dog died instantly.

Two of the residents of the home became upset that their dog was shot. A verbal and physical dispute with Deputies ensued. The two residents scuffled with the Deputies and were eventually arrested.

The 7 year old boy was examined at the scene by Columbia County Fire/Rescue. The child was treated at Shands of Lake Shore for multiple lacerations requiring stitches. The injuries were not life threatening.

The quick action of the Deputy Sheriff's saved this young child from further serious injury.

Deputies arrested a 17- year-old male and charged him with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Obstruction of Justice. He was released to his parents after being booked.

They also arrested Kathy Jo Conrad, 21. of 18850 BF Finley Circle, Glen St Mary. She is charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting an Officer with Violence.

She was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility on and released on $10,000 bond.

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