Family Torn Apart After Pit Bull Attack In Lake City
Family members said their 4-year-old girl needs plastic surgery and three others are recovering from injuries after a pit bull attack earlier this month in Lake City.
Police say the attack occurred June 8 on property on Southwest Packard Street. When Columbia County deputies arrived, the girl's maternal grandparents were trying to fend off two pit bulls.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report, the animal control officer attempting to put the more aggressive dog into a cage described it as being like a "wild cat," thrashing wildly and almost breaking free.
Arresting officer wrote he arrested the dog's two owners, Christopher and Kathryn Schell, on charges felony child neglect for "knowing that their dogs have exhibited aggressive tendencies in the past and have actually bitten people in the past.
The couple are the 4-year-old victim's paternal grandparents, who live next door.
The deputy wrote Christopher Schell asked him if the could "shoot the dogs right now to avoid court."
According to the Lake City Reporter, the two dogs were euthanized on Wednesday after 10 days of observation to ensure they did not have rabies. The Schells were released from jail on $5,000 bond.