Angela Rutledge said never again will she allow a dog deemed to be vicious in her home. On April 24, 2013, her son Beau Rutledge, 2, was mauled to death by the family pit bull.
Rutledge sat down for an interview with CBS Atlanta's Mike Paluska to raise awareness about what happened to her son. Rutledge is holding a rally at the state Capitol from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday. The rally is to get legislation passed to ban vicious dogs from the state.
"Sometimes laws need to be passed to protect ignorant people from themselves," Rutledge said. "And, I will be the first person to raise my hand. I was just one of those dog owners that you couldn't tell me anything about 'Kissy Face.'"
The dog had been a family pet for nearly eight years when she attacked Beau. Rutledge said she left the room to use the bathroom and when she came back into the room where Beau was, it was too late.
"I never heard a scream, it was that fast," Rutledge said. "His neck was almost severed from his body. He was laying in his blood, and I was sliding in the blood, it was squirting everywhere. I was sliding in the blood trying to call 911. I kept dropping the phone because I was so shaken."
Rutledge said she started to get calls from people across the country who lost someone from a dog attack. That is when she started the Baby Beau Foundation.
"My focus is humanity. That is my number one focus," Rutledge said. "I am not so much into hating your dog, the pro pit bull advocates, the pit bull owners, they are the next victims, they are the next victims."
The rally will include people from across the country who have lost loved ones to vicious dogs.
Also, an emergency room nurse will be on hand to talk about the types of bite cases they handle when it comes to vicious dog breeds.
Rutledge said she never realized that the family dog she had for nearly eight years was capable of harming any of her family members.
"This is a public safety issue rather than a poor choice of dog issue," Rutledge said. "If I could take it all back I would say it's not worth it, it's not worth it."
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