Dog to be euthanized after attacking grandmother next door - CBS46 News

Dog to be euthanized after attacking grandmother next door

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A Gwinnett County judge Wednesday ordered that a pit bull be euthanized after the dog attacked a grandmother in the front yard of the home next door.

The attack happened last Thursday on Huddlestone Lane in a subdivision in Buford called The Enclave at Ivy Creek.

The victim, 57-year-old Kyung Ae Kim of Korea, is in the country visiting her daughters. According to testimony, she was approaching her daughter's front door when the neighbor's dog escaped from an open garage door and attacked her.

"She saw the garage door opening and then she heard, 'Stop!' and the dog's name," said her daughter Soo Jeong.

During the attack, the grandmother held up her forearm to protect her face and neck. The dog's teeth ripped into her arm, causing a serious wound.

Her daughter told CBS46 her mother will have to spend the rest of her vacation undergoing medical treatments. 

According to Gwinnett County code, after a dog bites someone, the animal must be quarantined for 10 days. The dog is being held at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter where it continues to show aggression, according to an animal control officer's testimony.

At Wednesday's hearing, the dog's owner Maheesh Gajjar pleaded guilty to charges of having a dog at large and attack without provocation.

“We’re very sorry," Gajjar told the judge. "We don’t know how it happened.” 

Jeong said the same dog showed aggression toward her in 2015, jumping on her and scratching her. She said she didn't report it then because the dog's owners asked her not to.

“There was no bite," Gajjar's wife told the judge in court. "He has never bitten anyone. I know what has happened is very bad. I have no excuse for his behavior this time, but he has never bitten anyone before.” 

Judge Patricia Muise ordered Gajjar to surrender the dog to Gwinnett County Animal Control to be euthanized. She sentenced Gajjar to 12 months probation, during which time he is not allowed to have a domestic animal in his home and cannot have contact with animals. He must pay a $500 fine and $235 in restitution to the animal control division.

The family of the victim is planning to file a civil lawsuit against the Gajjars in an effort to recover the cost of future medical bills. 

“I understand there will be multiple surgeries and skin grafts to restore her arm," said the family's attorney Joe Zdrilich. "There were large chunks of flesh removed to the point you can see bone exposed. It’s a very traumatic injury, especially for the grandkids to have to experience that and see their grandmother, watch her arm dismembered like that by this dog.” 

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