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Columbus Animal Control loses family dog, later finds him dead in nearby creek

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

It happened the opposite way it's supposed to. Citizens of Columbus generally call Animal Control to report a lost dog, not the other way around. 

The Director of Public Works says that to her knowledge, this is the first time in the history of the department that something like this has happened.

Kristen Schofield says she had to explain to her young children that the family dog will never be coming back home after its visit to animal control.  It's not because they put the dog to sleep, but because the dog managed to get away when an officer was taking it out of the truck, and into the building.

"We've had him since he was four-weeks-old, and he was a good dog," says Schofield. "I let my dog go to these people, thinking they were going to help him and watch him. They ended up losing him, and he's dead now."

According to Schofield, Animal Control first arrived at her house on Winston Dr. last week because her dog bit the neighbor's child. As she explains it, several children were playing near the yard where T-Bone was tied to some cinder blocks. She says the dog reacted to some loud noises by breaking his chain and biting one of the boys.

Oscar Dumas' brother was the one bitten by the dog. Dumas says, "After the dog bit him, he went into the house and changed his pants because they were too bloody."

The boy went to a hospital to be checked out, and we're told he came home the same day, and he is now doing fine.

The neighbors didn't want to press charges, but because the dog's vaccination record was not up to date, Animal Control took the dog into their custody.  It is standard policy for them to observe dogs that bite for ten days to make sure they don't have rabies or another disease.

But T-Bone never made it to the kennels, because he escaped in Animal Control's parking lot, and ran into nearby Cooper Creek Park.

"Then, I got a phone call this morning saying they found my dog, and my dog was in a creek," Schofield recalled.

Authorities haven't figured out exactly what caused the dog to die, but the steep banks and deep water in the part of the creek where he was found would not be easy for a fleeing animal to navigate.

The family of the childwho was bitten was expecting to find out by Friday if they had to worry about anytransmittable deceases the dog may have had. Now that the dog is deceased, theprocess has become more complicated. They will have to do more tests, andresults may take a while longer.

The Director of PublicWorks says she extends her most sincere apologies to all of the people affectedby the situation.

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