The Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with members of the State Attorney’s Office this morning in reference to the incident that occurred New Year’s Day that put a local man in the hospital and 40 dogs were rescued. All the dogs taken from the residence located at 60 Orange Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office by the owners and are currently being evaluated by a veterinarian so they can be put up for adoption. The dogs who were a part of the attack are in quarantine and will be assessed after ten days. While law enforcement officers were on scene, an adult dog died and three puppies died later at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter. These dogs will be sent to Gainesville for necropsy. The Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office will review the medical findings, once complete, and will determine if there will be charges brought. The timeline for the completion of the necropsy and obtaining a report is not available at his time since this will be determined by the case load of the veterinarian performing the exams.
The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Unit spent two hours on scene where the attack occurred. Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Animal Control Officers spent an additional twelve hours at the residence gathering evidence for possible charges.