OMEGA -- A fund has been set up to collect money for Ramiro Valdez, the boy who was attacked by four dogs Friday.
Anyone wishing to donate money to help the Valdez family pay for his medical expenses can contact South Georgia Banking Co., P.O. Box 128, Omega, GA 31775. The bank's phone number is 528-4211.
Valdez, of northern Colquitt County, was attacked while he was riding his bicycle just across the county line in Tift County. He was able to make it back home, where he collapsed, and his mother called for help. Tifton-Tift County Animal Control Director Regenia Wells said the 7-year-old had been bitten more than 200 times by the four dogs.
"This is the worst case of dog mauling this county has ever seen," Wells said.
Three of the dogs -- a Labrador retriever, a lab mix and a bulldog mix -- have already been euthanized because they did not have rabies shots. The fate of the fourth dog -- a Doberman pinscher -- will be decided by the Tift County Dangerous Dog Board Committee. The dog's owner is fighting to retain custody of it.
The four dogs involved in the attack had been involved in three other incidents in the community that were not reported Friday, Wells said. The dogs bit a girl in the ankle, killed a puppy and mauled another dog before attacking Valdez, she said.
Tift County law enforcement and animal control are using this incident as a springboard to address problems with roaming dogs in the county.
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