A chocolate Labrador was reportedly struck in the face with a stick after getting away from its owner and running onto a neighbor's property.
A Winder woman called the Barrow County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 19 to report the incident. When the deputy arrived at the Chartwell Court residence, the dog in question growled as the deputy approached the house.
The dog, which the deputy later described in the report as friendly, ran out the back door of the residence after one of the owner's other dogs. The woman said she tried to catch the dogs before they got out of the yard, but was unable to do so. When she finally caught up to the dogs, a bystander told her one of the neighbors had hit the lab in the head with a stick.
"[The woman] said she was going to say something to the guy but he was closing his garage door when she got towards the house," the deputy noted in the report.
The deputy explained the neighbor may have feared being bitten and that the woman should perhaps consider investing in a fence. The woman said she was "working on" getting a fence and asked the incident be documented "in case the person who hit her dog does it again to her animal or another person animal."
The dog had some swelling in the affected area. The woman advised she was going to wait a day or two to see if the swelling subsided before taking the animal to the veterinarian.