Dogs belonging to the family of attorney Veronica Brinson are accused of injuring a woman as they killed her dog in north Macon.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, Claudia Naranjo had taken her schnauzer outside on Millwood Court when three pitbulls came after the dog, named Renalto.
Naranjo, 38, of Miami, was visiting Tora and Zarina Gore for the holidays at the end of the cul de sac around the corner from the Brinson home on Brookefield Drive, which runs off Bowman Road behind the Publix on Bass Road.
Zarina Gore was inside her bedroom when the victim’s husband started knocking on the door asking her to call 911 for an ambulance and deputies.
“When I opened the door, he said that they attacked her dog and attacked her. The dog is dead, her dog is dead and she got bitten all over her fingers,” Zarina Gore said.
Her guest was taken by ambulance to the hospital with multiple injuries to her hands and also had a wound on her nose, Gore said.
“These dogs had come to my yard two weeks ago,” Gore said.
One of Brinson’s dogs might have been stabbed during the incident, according to a Macon-Bibb animal welfare officer.
A neighbor said the victim’s husband, identified by the victim’s attorney as Jose Munoz, got in his car and drove up the street and through the backyard of the home next to Brinson’s house, which had been under repair since a June fire.
A Bibb deputy pointed out what appeared to be blood on the front bumper of the man’s car, but it was not initially clear if he had hit one of the fleeing dogs.
An animal control officer later recovered a large bloody knife believed to have been used on one of the dogs.
A man who identified himself as Veronica Brinson’s son declined to comment on the incident.
Macon-Bibb animal welfare officer Sonja Adams told Brinson’s son he would receive three citations for failing to restrain his dogs.
He could be charged with animal cruelty or neglect if he does not get immediate medical attention for the dog that was stabbed, she told him.
Two of the dogs were contained at the Brinson house after the attack, and one was still “at large,” Adams said.
Officers continued to look in the neighborhood for the missing white, female pitbull with brown markings whose name is Coco, Adams said.
Anyone who spots the injured animal is asked to call 911.
The Brinson dogs could remain under strict quarantine at the house as long as they remain secured inside with only brief trips outside on a leash, when necessary.
Earlier this year, when food was left unattended on the stove in Brinson’s home, a half-dozen pitbull puppies perished.
Neighbors said the family has not been living there while the house was being repaired, and the dogs had gotten out before without incident.
A man, who only would identify himself as someone making repairs on the Brinson house, said he thought the gate had been tampered with on the tall wooden fence around the Brinsons’ backyard.
Veronica Brinson will be conducting her own investigation, he said.
Repairs were made to the gate Monday morning.
Bibb deputies were called to the Brinson home just before noon to investigate any injuries their dog sustained.
Telegraph photographer Woody Marshall contributed to this report. To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.