AMORY – An employee of the Athens-Quincy Water Association was attacked by five dogs while working on Greenbrier Road on Tuesday.
Lester Dillard was taken to the emergency room after being bit during the attack. He’s been released with injuries to his arms and legs.
According to Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood, the Monroe County sheriff’s d received a call at 11:46 a.m. to respond to Gilmore Memorial Emergency Room to take a report on a dog bite.
Two dogs were pit bulls and three others were possibly pit bull mixes.
The owner of the dogs, Amanda Knight, is in the Monroe County Detention Center for violation of probation. Hood said Larry Jones is believed to be the caregiver for the dogs and lives at 50423 Greenbrier Road, which is the same address as Knight’s.
Hood said Dillard was checking for a water leak when the first dog attacked him. He was bit several times on his arms and legs, Hood said.
“He was fighting the first dog off him when the other four attacked,” he continued. “He managed to stab the first dog with his pocket knife.”
Hood said a passing motorist, Craig Husky, saw the attack and pulled his truck between Dillard and the dogs. Dillard jumped in the back of Husky’s truck and was taken to the emergency room.
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies, Amory Humane Society and Misssissippi Department of Wildlife Officers responded to the call.
A court order was issued by Judge Robert Fowlkes to have the dogs picked up and placed in the Amory Humane Society’s custody. Two of the dogs, both pit bulls, had to be put down and the other three were taken into custody.
“We have had several complaints about these same dogs and deputies had spoke to the owners on numerous occasions about them,” Hood said. “To our knowledge, no one had been bitten before, but they have threatened to bite several people that were visiting the Greenbrier Cemetery.”
Hood said Monroe County does not have a leash law or ordinance to regulate animals, but owners may be held civilly liable for actions of their animals.
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