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Pit bull owner charged after dogs kill child in Atlanta


    One of two pit bulls that killed a child and injured another was cornered by police, Tuesday, in Atlanta.


    A man who police say is the owner of two pit bulls that killed one child and injured another was taken into custody from a home in Atlanta on Tuesday.

ATLANTA >> The owner of two dogs that killed one child and injured another in southwest Atlanta has had one of his charges upgraded.

Local news media reports Cameron Tucker was initially charged with two counts of reckless conduct, but one charge was upgraded to involuntary manslaughter during his court appearance today. Tucker was arrested after 6-year-old Logan Braatz and 5-year-old Syari Sanders were attacked walking to a bus stop early Tuesday. Logan died from his injuries. Syari is in stable condition.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says one of the dogs was shot by officers.

Fulton County Animal Control says one dog is a pit bull mix and the other is a border collie.

Tucker is at Fulton County Jail on a $70,000 bond. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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  • I’m surprised that so far there were no comments. How can a dog owner be so irresponsible to keep dangerous dogs from being totally secure and locked up? No child will be safe anywhere whether walking to a bus stop or walking to school or a playmate. He must never be allowed to keep dogs again.

    • I totally agree with you. The dog’s owner, especially those breeds that are strong enough to kill and seriously injure people, need to keep their dogs locked up or on a strong leash with someone capable of controlling the animal. Those not responsible for their dogs that do others harm need to pay the consequences of their irresponsibility.

      Oahu has a leash law, not sure about outer islands, but you’d be surprised how many owners (at least on the West Side) let their dogs run loose. It makes me angry every time I run into that situation and when I complain to the owner about the need to abide by the “leash law”, I often get cursed or ignored.

      • Better yet, I think Pit Bulls should be outlawed altogether. The breed is a born killer and there is no need for these animals.
        Time to invest in a security system as opposed to dogs.

        • Stereo typing Pit Bulls is pretty unfair. A dogs action falls on the owner and how he treated the animal while under his care.

        • IRT: GONEGOLFIN, What about the Border Collie that was mentioned shall we outlaw that breed as well. It is not the breed but the owner. I have three Pit Bulls that I have raised since puppies and could not say enough about them, the most loving compassionate dog I have owned. Any breed of dog can be raised and trained to kill, the main thing with Pit Bulls is that they need to be socialized not locked up and isolated. My property is gated which all dog owners should have, just be a responsible dog owner. And before you categorize The Pit Bull as a born killer do some research first you just might educate yourself.

        • IRT: GONEGOLFIN. Do you know any killer pit bulls? All pit bulls I know are very loving, sweet dogs. I’ve also seen many pit bulls on walks with their owners and I’ll usually stop, make a comment and ask if it’s okay to pet their dog. No one has ever told me no. If they are brought up properly, they are like any other friendly dog who are safe to be around.

    • In some locales, keeping a pair of fearsome dogs is a legal substitute for a gun, are faster to come to your aid than the local cops, and are somewhat cheaper than hiring a bodyguard. Pit bulls, especially, were almost considered fashion accessories for major inner-city drug dealers.

    • My homeowner’s insurance explicitly excludes any liability for actions by Pit Bulls.

      A number of communities have outlawed the dogs.
      A quick Google brought up Denver’s ban.
      Why would anyone want such a dog, with so many others available, including breeds that are good as watchdogs?
      Something wrong with these people.

      It is the breed, and the statistics show it. That is how insurance companies make their policies.

  • Let’s face it. These dogs are lethal weapons. If the owner’s carelessness leads to injury or death, then we have manslaughter or murder in some cases.

  • So which dog did the police shoot/kill? I’ve never heard of a border collie showing such aggression. If it was involved in the attack, that would seem like a trained response or just following its pack leader (the pit bull)?
    I have a hard time defending pit bulls, but they certainly do look just as sweet and sad as the other dogs when I visit the humane society.

  • The AP story says that Fulton Animal Controls one of the dogs as a Border Collie. I find that hard to believe, and Border Collies are non-agressive. So I looked online and found this:

    “Also, despite numerous images of the dogs taken by the media yesterday, Fulton County Animal Control claims that of the three dogs, one is a “border collie” and the other is an “unidentified breed.” Tucker is not a border collie type, but he is a pit bull type, according to his own Facebook page. We do not know which dog animal control is claiming to be a border collie or unidentified breed. If it is the white and black pit bull-mix that would be an outrageous and deliberate distortion.”

    Of course while anything is possible, and dogs are dogs so any type can be improperly raised to be mean… I’m betting that eventually the supposed Border Collie will either be not involved, or it has been misidentified or is a mix.

  • One of the dogs was a pit mix, the other was a border collie. But the headline reads, “Pit bull owner charged after dogs kill child in Atlanta.” No mention of the border collie. People are screaming to kill and outlaw pit bulls. Why not border collies?

    The problem is irresponsible dog owners and aggressive, unsocialized dogs. All dogs – except for the kinds that you can squish under your foot – are capable of seriously injuring people and killing children.

      • any breed of dog with the capability to kill due to their size and strength could be a problem not just pit bulls. pit bulls lead in those statistics simply because they are most often the chosen breed people raise for attack and defensive purposes. the real problem will always come down to irresponsible pet owners and more needs to be done to hold them accountable when their pet gets loose and attacks innocent people. the penalties for dog bites and fatalities are a cruel joke for the victims.

      • Do you also have a list of the millions and millions of pit bulls raised that have never hurt a human? Don’t get me wrong; I recognize that these can be extremely dangerous animals…if I’m walking in my neighborhood and see an unleashed pit I would be very afraid. But my family also raised dogs – pits, rotts, mastiffs – for generations and despite having many dogs and little children running around we’ve never had a single problem with any of them biting any of us or ever hurting a stranger. It IS how a dog is raised. My friend worked for a vet and said the worst dog attack she had ever seen was by a collie.

      • IRT: RONIN006 You’re so ignorant, if a African American kills someone do you label all African Americans as killers, if a Caucasian or Hawaiian kills someone do you label those races as being nothing but killers. Its one of the same. Before you open your mouth do some research first then you just might make some sense.

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