Family dog attacks Macon woman

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 30, 2013 

Sheila Farr was there when Monk, the family’s white dog, was born.

Four years later, the 55-year-old Macon woman was rushed to the hospital after the dog attacked her shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday. Farr was bitten in the face, arm and leg. As of late Wednesday afternoon, the family was still waiting to hear from doctors about the extent of her injuries.

Farr, who helped deliver that pit bull and chow mix puppy, was attacked as she handed the phone to her stepdaughter, Janice.

“I pulled him off of her three times and she started hollering,” said a distraught Janice Farr. “The more she hollered, the more he went on her.”

The 100-pound dog was always very protective of the family, she said.

Janice Farr was about to call in sick to her job when the pet lunged for her stepmother inside their home on Beddingfield Avenue in south Macon.

“I was hurting and my hands were hurting, and when she handed me the phone, I think he thought she was going to hurt me,” Janice Farr said.

Danny Farr, 64, is recovering from recent surgery and was sitting in the living room when his wife was mauled.

“I couldn’t get up out of the chair to do anything. No telling what he would have done to me because I’ve just been sewed up,” Danny Farr said. “If you made any quick moves, he was like a real guard dog.”

Sheila Farr told rescuers the dog had bitten her two or three times before, according to a Macon police report.

The dog recently killed two animals in the backyard -- a possum about three weeks ago and a wharf rat about a week later, Danny Farr said.

“I don’t think we want him back,” he said.

Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare officer Darrell Watts grabbed a long, metal pole and lassoed the dog, which was locked in a bedroom when police arrived.

Monk resisted by lying on the floor and jumping on the couch, but Watts removed him without incident about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“He was scared because he didn’t know me,” Watts said. “You could see it in his eyes.”

If both women were screaming during the attack, it likely intensified the dog’s violent behavior, he said.

“They can sense fear,” he said.

The incident was particularly traumatic for Janice Farr, who does not have children.

“I feed that dog with a spoon. He is like a baby,” she tearfully told Watts. “I can’t bring him back here. You should see the way he attacked.”

After the terrifying event, the family was grieving the thought of giving up their beloved pet.

“We’re probably not going to keep him,” Danny Farr said. “Kids come by and throw rocks at him in the backyard and that makes him meaner.”

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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