A family dog identified as a four-year-old Pit Bull/Chow mix, named Monk, viciously attacked the woman who was ”there when he was born.”
On Wednesday, January 30, around 6:00 a.m. Sheila Farr, 55, was inside the house with her stepdaughter and husband. She reached toward her stepdaughter, Janice, to hand her the phone to call in sick for work, and Monk suddenly lunged and sank his teeth into her and would not let go, the family said.
Sheila Farr was bitten in the face, arm and leg, according to The Telegraph, and, she was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance. As of late Wednesday afternoon, the family was still waiting to learn the extent of her injuries.
Farr’s distraught stepdaughter said, “I pulled him off of her three times and she started hollering. The more she hollered, the more he went on her.”
The 100-pound dog was always very protective of the family, said Janice Farr, but Sheila had known him since his birth, so the attack is especially disturbing.
Danny Farr, 64, is recovering from 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 told The Telegraph.
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, the family reported.
Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Officer Darrell Watts used an animal control device to capture Monk, who was locked in a bedroom when police arrived. The dog resisted by lying on the floor and jumping on the couch, but the officer removed him without incident about 7 a.m.
“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.
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 Officer 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 told The Telegraph. “Kids come by and throw rocks at him in the backyard and that makes him meaner.”