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Woman OK after attack by dogs
Pets to be put down
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Forsyth County News
A Forsyth County woman is recovering after she was reportedly attacked by a neighbor’s dogs Monday night in the Carriage Walk subdivision north of Cumming.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, Julie Ann Pate was taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital after neighbors helped her fight off five boxers.

The owner of the dogs, William Anastasio, was not home at the time and was not charged in connection with the incident.

Anastasio said the family pets had never been violent before. It is not clear how the dogs got out of his fenced-in yard.

“They’re all being put to sleep,” he said.

Pate, 41, came home from the hospital Tuesday morning with stitches in her arm and leg, said husband Jim Pate.

He said his wife was walking her cocker spaniel on Brittney Lane when the boxers approached.

“When she got to the top of the hill, the five dogs that were loose came out and she picked her dog up and one of the dogs kind of jumped up and pushed her down,” Pate said. “She fell on the street and covered her dog and her head and they were biting at her.”

Pate said his wife ran to a neighbor’s yard and the dogs knocked her down again.

According to the report, Susan Potter ran out of her house after she saw Pate in her yard and used a children’s bench to fend them off until another neighbor, Brian Carroll, came to help.

The report noted that Carroll had a gun and shot one of the dogs, at which point “all the dogs went across the street.”

Carroll drove himself to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for treatment of minor injuries.

Anastasio turned the boxers over to the sheriff’s animal control unit that night.

The report shows that Anastasio, who works for the Roswell Police Department, was on duty when the incident occurred. He returned home after authorities told him what happened.

When he arrived, he secured the dogs and informed the investigating deputies that one of the pets had been shot in the leg.

The report also shows that Anastasio said he “did not want to keep the dogs if they hurt someone.”