Note: In July 2017, Georgia Rose was arrested on animal cruelty charge. See the story here.
A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy had to deploy his Taser and twice fire at a pit bull that attacked and injured three people at a house on Princess Luise Lane in Palm Coast Tuesday afternoon. The dog was later euthanized at the residents’ request. It was the third time in three days that a dog has gone on the attack in Palm Coast, resulting in injuries to people two of the three times.
Deputy Trevor Jacob had responded to the scene at 16 Princess Luise Lane at 1:39 p.m. By then the pit bull had already bitten Georgia Rose and her mother, Themla Rose, 62. Jacob was speaking with some of the residents in the yard, by the garage, to get one of the victims out for treatment, when suddenly they heard another man screaming for help on the other side of the house. It was Lloyd Rose, 71. The pit bull had bitten his arm and wasn’t letting go. He was just outside the front door. Jacob rushed over, took out his Taser and fired at the dog, which immediately released Rose as it went into brief convulsion on the lawn. Lloyd Rose had earlier tried to secure the dog.
“Every body move back, everybody move back,” Jacob told the residents, in a scene captured by the deputy’s lapel video camera (see below). “In the house, in the house, in the house,” Jacob insisted, as the tasing of the dog was already wearing off. The dog got up and, whimpering, headed toward the front door.
“I’ve been trying to contain it so everybody can get inside,” Jacob told dispatch. “I heard screaming and yelling, he was biting someone.” By then the deputy, who was joined by another, had managed to get all residents inside, while he and James Gore, second deputy, kept an eye on the dog, which stayed by the front door. There was a baby in the house.
Minutes later rescue units arrived on scene. “At this time Deputy Gore provided cover for rescue 21 and rescue 22 so they were able to treat Georgia, Thelma and Lloyd as I contained the dog,” Jacob reported. “Georgia had injuries on both wrists, Thelma had injuries on her head and left wrist and Lloyd had injuries to both wrists. The above victims were subsequently transported to Florida Hospital Flagler by ambulance.”
Gore spoke with one of the victims about what led to the attacks. “Georgia stated that the dog was locked in a bedroom and eventually chewed its way through the door and attacked her,” the incident report states. “At that time her mother (Thelma) tried to help and the dog attacked her too. Georgia also stated that the dog belonged to her brother (Lloyd Rose Jr) who I was unable to make contact with.” The brother lives in Jacksonville.
A Palm Coast animal control officer responded to the scene and was able to secure the dog without being bitten.
“I’ll walk up with you and if it advances towards you I’ll tase him again,” Jacob told the animal control officer. The officer approached carefully as the dog crouched in the entrance area. She spoke to the dog then, as the dog barked, secured the animal with a noose at the end of a metal pole. The dog struggled and protested briefly.
The dog was quarantined at Animal Control, and later euthanized.
The day before, a dog described as a Rottweiler or possibly a Rottweiler mix attacked Flagler County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Cole as Cole was jogging along Matanzas Woods Parkway. Cole was injured in three places, and later made an appeal to dog owners to responsibly handle their dogs when in public: that dog had gotten loose from its handler to attack Cole. On Sunday, a resident of the B-Section had to fire her gun at a charging pit bull as she was walking her own dog in her back yard. No one was injured in that incident.
The Princess Luise Lane Incident as Recorded By a Deputy’s Lapel Video[media id=372 width=500 height=400]