By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A woman with ties to Madison County, died on Thursday afternoon in Lowndes County after being attacked by her neighbor’s pit bull.
Misti Wyno had gone to visit her neighbors shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The neighbors residence was at 4686 Mount Zion Road. According to reports, Wyno was visiting in order to borrow some grits.
Wyno was bitten several times after the neighbors’ male pit bull either broke its chain or was unchained. The dog bit her several times on her legs, arms and head said Waler Wacter, Lowndes County deputy coroner.
Police were called to the scene at approximately 12:45 p.m. according to Sheriff Chris Prine. Upon arriving at the residence they discovered Wyno, who was severely injured. They also discovered the dog’s owner restraining the male pit bull.
Wyno was transported to South Georgia Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:54 p.m., according to Wacter.
The names of the owners of the dogs have not been released. However, it has been reported that the family owned the male pit bull and a female pit bull. Both animals have been taken into custody at the Lowndes County Animal Control center.
According to Lowndes County Manager Joe Pritchard, the same owners of the male pit bull have had a previous complained filed against them by a neighbor concerning a female pit bull earlier this year.
The Valdosta Daily Times reported, “A neighbor’s young son had entered the yard uninvited and tried to pull a newborn puppy from the dog. The dog bit the boy once on the cheek. The dog was quarantined for a month at the Animal Shelter and determined not to be a threat.”
The dog from Thursday’s attack was not the same pit bull.
The dog’s owners are distraught and have asked the county’s shelter director, Linda Patelski, to put both the male and the female pit bull down.
Sheriff’s investigators are working the case, according to Prine. He said, “We’re trying to determine what went wrong and why, and who was responsible. Charges could be forthcoming.”