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Howard Bradley Sr. of Talona points to where two chunks of flesh were bitten out of his pet dachshund, "Pokieman," by a pit bull in his yard April 11, according to a court document. He believes more surgery will have to performed on his dog. (Contributed photo)
"Pokieman," a male dachshund owned by Howard Bradley Sr., had to have staples put in his neck area (at Bradley's left index finger) to close up a wound caused by an attack by a pit bull and another dog, he said. (Photo by Mark Milllican)
by Mark Millican

A Talona man has filed suit in Gilmer County Magistrate Court against two of his neighbors after he said his pet was attacked by their pit bulldog and another one of their dogs, court records show.

 Howard Bradley Sr., of Talona Road, produced veterinary bills of almost $1,000 following the attack he said occurred April 11. He is requesting reimbursement of present and possible future medical bills in case his male dachshund, “Pokieman,” needs more surgeries.

“They just let them dogs go,” he said of his neighbors in the week after the alleged attack. “My little dog is bandaged up, and I think he’s going to have to have more surgery, and (the neighbors’ dogs) did that right here in my yard.”

Bradley said he had just washed Pokieman, applied flea powder and let him outside to dry off when a black-and-white pit bull and a “big Collie dog” attacked his pet dachshund, according to an April 16 incident report filed by Deputy Jimmy Long of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office.

Bradley said his neighbors own “two fierce and dangerous dogs allowed to run lose” that “attacked and severely injured” his dog, according to the court document.

No one was cited in the report. Long said he left a message with county animal control regarding the incident. 

Director Natalie Wagner of animal control said she went to Bradley’s home and also where the dogs are kept.

“What’s happening is the dogs are digging out up underneath their fence, and I explained to them that they’re going to have to secure their fence,” she said. “Because if this keeps happening one of two things is going to happen: one, I’m going to be picking the dogs up, or two, they’re going to be laying in Mr. Bradley’s  yard dead, because he has every right to protect himself or his dogs. So the lady agreed (to fix the fence).”

Wagner said she has not been able to go back out to the home to check on the fence due to a recent family emergency, but plans to this week.

A phone number for the pit bull’s owners could not be found.

“People don’t understand those pit bulldogs,” said Bradley, who noted he has used hounds to hunt for over 50 years. “They can be good to a person, but it takes a good hound to fight back against one of those dogs. They just eat up a small dog.” 

Bradley said he “can’t sleep at night” since the attack.

“I’m 70 years old, I’m diabetic and I try to get out and walk some, and I’ve been scared by these dogs,” he added.

Bradley said he has taken a letter by the commissioner’s office and will present graphic photos at a commission meeting showing chunks of flesh that were bitten off his dachshund.

“In the letter I’m asking them not to let pit bulls roam freely,” he said. “I think before long somebody’s going to get hurt by these pit bulls. I hate to think what would happen if they got ahold of a child.”

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