A Washington County man is appealing the ruling that he must euthanize four dogs believed responsible for a vicious attack on an 86-year old woman who was feeding the animals.
Precinct-2 Justice of the Peace Douglas Cone ruled that four of the dogs be put to sleep, following a lengthy hearing Friday in the Washington County Courthouse.
The owner of the dogs, Kelly Hyman has appealed the ruling. That appeal will be heard in Washington County Court at Law.
Judge Cone ruled that evidence shows four of Hyman’s six dogs were responsible for the attack. He ruled that there’s no evidence the other two dogs participated and they will not have to be put down.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was feeding Hyman’s dogs at his home in the 9000 block of Dairy Farm Road, just east of FM-1155, north of Chappell Hill.
According to Chief Deputy Jay Petrash, the woman was feeding six dogs of different breeds when she apparently slipped and fell and was attacked by the dogs.
A neighbor heard the commotion and rushed to the woman’s aid—shooting one of the dogs which scared off the others.
The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, where she underwent extensive surgery for what Petrash says are severe injuries.
Cone’s ruling gave Hyman 15 days to comply by euthanizing the animals.