• Man apologizes after pit bull mixes attacked woman

    By: Craig Lucie


    STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - A man facing multiple animal control violations is reaching out to the woman who was attacked by his two dogs.

    "He's facing a total of eight charges," said Vince Farah of Henry County Animal Care and Control.

    Channel 2's Craig Lucie was with Farah when he turned in multiple tickets for Michael Thornton at the Stockbridge Municipal Court. Each ticket carries a $1,000 fine or 60 days in jail.

    "Each of these offenses is times two because there were two pit bulls involved," Farah said.

    The two pit bull terrier mixes belonged to Thornton.

    Animal Control officers said they attacked Maria Inez Troncoso as she walked her two dogs down her street in the Windsong Plantation Subdivision.

    Thornton wasn't home when Lucie knocked on his door, but Farah said that he was very apologetic when the two met Wednesday morning.

    "He was very cooperative and very polite. He informed me that he has been in touch the family of the victim involved in this and he expresses total concerns of her well-being," Farah said.

    Atlanta Medical Center officials told Channel 2 Action News doctors have discharged Troncoso from the hospital.

    Neighbor said they have been in touch with her daughter.

    "They are just trying to get mom home as soon as possible and trying to schedule plastic surgery and that type of thing," said neighbor Deron Garing.

    The attack scene was so bloody Thursday, the fire department had to hose down the street. Troncoso was airlifted to the hospital.

    "We hope she gets back and comfortable walking her dog in the neighborhood again," Garing said.

    Officers who responded to the attack Thursday shot the two pit bull terrier mixes. They were tested for rabies and returned negative.

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