Last year, a pitbull dog named Kno was brought into the Effingham County Animal Shelter after mauling a 5 year old child. This happened on July 24th, 2012. It appears a child was visiting his next door neighbor and the children were playing. They had been instructed to leave the dog along but the children were left in the room alone and the dog ended up attacking the child and maimed the child’s face severely.
The pitbulls owners gave up the dog to the county animal control officers but the child’s parents did not press any charges to the owners of the dog. They were all friends and realized it was not the fault of the dog. Upon doing this, the dog became property of the county. The county started receiving all sorts of phone calls and such about the dog. They all wanted to find out if the county was going to release the dog to a rescue or euthanize the dog.
In October 2012, the county was being faced with people stating they were going to call upon the Lexus Project that had represented Oreo in Savannah, GA and Effingham County did not want this to happen. Therefore, they hurried and stated an attorney would be representing Kno. Mr. Kicklighter would now be representing the dog. There was supposed to be a hearing Oct 25, 2012 to decide Kno’s fate. The court hearing was cancelled and it was to be cancelled indefinitely until further notice.
Mr. Kicklighter stated to the Judge Woodrum that he had more pressing matters to address as an attorney and he would get to Kno’s case when he could. The judge agreed. Now this dog has been in the shelter since July 24, 2012. This dog is not allowed to go outside or even leave his 8×8 cage. At one time they even had to put plastic up over his kennel to keep him quiet as he would become highly aggressive when you walked past his kennel. Mr. Kicklighter has probably had a few moments from Oct 25 and now to where he could have taken the case back to court. But he has not.
This is no life for this dog and no one seems to be doing anything for him. It is completely sad that this dog was not only in a the situation to where he bite the child but then to be put into a pen and just left for who knows how long is not right. If the dog has to be put down, at least it would be a better life than what he has now. He gets no interaction as most of the workers have been scared of him, he is not able to go outside, stuck in his pen all day every day. This is no life a dog should have, but everyone is just turning their heads to it.
This dog has been locked up for 311 days and counting as of today. This is very inhumane as with dogs that are held in this manner can get kennel rage to where he would never be allowed to be adopted. The chances that he could have been released to at least a rescue for behavior modification and adoption could have been reachable back in October but now it is very slim to none at the hands of the Effingham County Court system. Now Kno will probably be sentenced to death.
Chief Judge Woodrum Jr. had the power to make this happen, but did not. WHY? I have tried to email Judge Woodrum, but no response. I have called Judge Woodrum, but no return call. I have tried to email Mr. Kicklighter through his website but he is not returning my email. WHY?
All dogs held within the Effingham County Animal Shelter are held on a $10 per day fine for the owners. Kno has no owners therefore the tax payers like myself pay the bill for boarding. This one dog due to no one providing the legal attention it deserves has now cost taxpayers $3,110 since he has been taken in. This should have never been allowed.
If this outrages you, please help fight for Kno and his day in court to decide his fate. Please use these contacts to email or call and ask when the dog will have his day in court. Please be nice and courteous when talking to the contacts. More can be done with being nice than to be rude or use abusive language. It is owed to him; it is owed to the tax payers.
412 North Laurel Street
Springfield, GA 31329
Chief Judge Woodrum, Jr. of the Superior Court
P.O. Box 805
Millen, GA 30442
Phone (478) 982-0109
Phone (912) 764-4251
Fax (912) 764-4947
Here are some news articles about the situation.