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Deadly dog attack in Guntersville: Surviving victim's family speaks out about county leash laws

On Wednesday, WAAY 31 talked to the surviving victim's nephew who said his aunt walks the neighborhood every morning before work. He said -- he was always worried something like this would happen with all the roaming dogs -- and now that's its impacted his own family -- he wants something done.

Posted: Nov 29, 2017 9:14 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2017 10:51 PM

Wednesday morning in one Guntersville neighborhood was a tragic one, as one woman was mauled to death by a pack of dogs and another was severely injured. 

On Wednesday, WAAY 31 talked to the surviving victim's nephew who said his aunt walks the neighborhood every morning before work. He said he was always worried something like this would happen with all the roaming dogs, and now that's its impacted his own family, he wants something done.

"She just exercises in the morning, and she didn't really do anything to the dogs," said Ivan Tello, whose aunt was one of the women attacked by a pack of dogs in Guntersville Wednesday morning. 

It's a day Tello has feared for a long time, and said he figured this day would likely come. He said there's been an ongoing issue with dangerous, roaming dogs in his Guntersville neighborhood. 

However, he never thought his aunt would be the victim of a vicious dog attack.

"It's pretty hard on me to be honest," Tello said. 

A pack of four dogs attacked Tello's aunt around 8 a.m. Wednesday on Jason Road in Guntersville and killed 46-year-old Tracey Patterson Cornelius as well. 

Now, Tello wants Marshall County to crack down on the leash laws in their area.

So WAAY 31 took those concerns straight to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office who told us the county follows Alabama Law 3-1-5
in regard to roaming dogs in the area. However, they do have separate laws about a dog attacking another person -- all of which do hold the dog's ownenr responsible. 

The law states in part that dogs must be confined to their owner's property, but it also states nothing about a leash law. It said if dogs roam at large, owners can be subject to a fine. 

"I want the owners to put a leash on their dog," Tello said. 

As far as charges go -- officials have identified the owner of these dogs and say they will wait until the investigation is finished to talk to the district attorney about charges.

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