Dogs that bit a 76-year-old pizza delivery driver and a 9-year-old girl in two separate recent incidents have both been euthanized after Palm Coast Animal Control determined that they pose a threat to public safety.
A case involving a third dog, which bit a 74-year-old woman, remains under investigation.
The incident involving the pizza delivery driver occurred Oct. 25, when the driver was making a delivery to a home on Perkins Lane. The resident's pit bull-boxer-mix dog, named Charlie, slipped out the door and attacked.
The attack left the delivery driver with lacerations that required emergency plastic surgery. Charlie's owner, Jennifer Pepe, surrendered him to the city for an Animal Control investigation, which determined that he was dangerous. The city order Charlie to be euthanized, and he was killed on Nov. 7, according to a city of Plea Coast government spokeswoman.
The pit bull dog that bit the 9-year-old girl in an incident on Powder Horn Drive on Nov. 4 was named Chopper. The bite occurred when the girl came to the door to meet a friend. A teenage boy in the house opened the door, and the dog slipped out and attached, biting the girl multiple times.
Chopper's owner, Sarah Fancher, surrendered him to Animal Control and told investigating deputies that the dog got "excited" whenever people came to the door.
Palm Coast's Animal Control staff determined that Chopper was dangerous and poses a risk to public safety, and ordered him to be euthanized, according to a city government spokeswoman.
The dog that attacked a 74-year-old woman on Nov. 5, a pit bull named Gunner, was running free in the victim's yard on Regent Lane when the attack occurred. The victim had seen the dog in her yard before, and it had been friendly. She reached down to kiss it on the head, and it bit her, causing minor lacerations on her face; then it bit her again on the arm.
The city's Animal Control staff is still investigating that incident and has not yet made a determination concerning the dog.