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Killer dogs mystify Lexington, maybe…



The mauling deaths of a retired UGA professor and his wife, a longtime librarian at the university, are almost as mysterious as they are tragic.

The two were attacked by up to 14 dogs as they walked near their home in Lexington, authorities concluded Monday.

But the animals that fell upon Lothar Karl Schweder, 77, and Sherry Schweder, 65, were known to neighbors and had not shown signs of aggression before.

“I’ve been down there before and they barely looked up,” said Jeannette Bridges, who lives on Elberton Road a few houses away from the Schweders’ home.

Bridges’ husband, Lanier, said the mixed-breed dogs “have been around for years. We never had a problem with them.” The dogs were still standing over the slain couple when the coroner arrived at the scene on Saturday.

At that point, the animals did not seem overtly threatening but were guarding the bodies as if they were prey, said James Matthews, coroner for Oglethorpe County.

“They were not aggressive whatsoever,” he said. “I guess that’s what makes the attack so hard to figure out.”

But an autopsy performed at the GBI Crime Lab concluded that the dogs were responsible for the deaths.

“There’s nothing to indicate foul play,” said Jim Fullington, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Athens office.

“The doctor is confident the deaths resulted from the dog bites.”

Sherry Schweder was out looking for one of her own six dogs when she was attacked. Her husband was killed after he went looking for his wife, Matthews said.

Their mutilated bodies were found by a pair of visiting Jehovah’s Witnesses about 12 hours after they went missing.

Matthews said he believed the couple died instantly.

“It was a vicious attack,” he said.

The dogs belong to a man who used to live in the area but was forced to move because of medical problems, neighbors said. A friend would take the former owner to the property to feed the dogs, they said.

Matthews said the dogs, rounded up Monday afternoon by animal control officers from a neighboring county, showed no signs of malnourishment or rabies and said Oglethorpe County had never received complaints about the dogs.

“I’ve been [coroner] for 28 years and this is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone killed by dogs,” he said.

Fullington, the GBI agent, said he was not sure what would happen to the animals next.

Lexington is at the center of Oglethorpe County, about 20 miles east of Athens. The coroner noted that the county has no leash law.

Neighbors said they’ve spotted more and more coyotes around the area, but, like more domesticated canine breeds, they rarely attack humans.

Lothar Schweder taught German at UGA, and his wife worked as a humanities bibliographer at the university’s main library.

They were known as avid animal lovers and often walked their dogs on the same quiet road where they died.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Alabamian Attacked By Black Panther




Frank Harmes says he was walking his dog in a cove behind his home near Morgan City, Alabama, Wednesday, December 1st, when he heard something behind him and turned to see a black panther.

Harmes says he made a motion to try and scare off the panther but instead, it attacked. Harmes say he clawed him cutting through his pants and scratching his leg.

He then took out a knife and stabbed the panther twice and it walked away.

Harmes lives off of Royster Drive near Morgan City and residents of the area have reported seeing panthers in the past, saying they sometimes come out looking for food.

Harmes says he will undergo a series of rabies shots because of the attack.

Source: WAFF

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Cats moves to top of food chain, alligators to bottom




A video that shows a cat attacking two American alligators (alligators) thrives on the site on YouTube. The video had been filmed on a farm in Louisiana, USA, according to a report in British newspaper the Daily Mail.

The pictures show the cat expelling the reptiles when they came out of the lake.

Despite being an easy prey to predator, the cat did not seem to be afraid of alligators and came knocking with a paw in one of the reptiles, to force him back into water.


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Orcas are caught ‘surfing’ wave in New Zealand




Four killer whales were caught last Friday (12) “surfing” on a beach in Sandy Bay, New Zealand.

The presence of orcas caused panic on the beach.

Surfers who saw the waves of water came quickly for safety reasons.

Source: G1

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