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Hero Dog Returns to Owner After Protecting Sheep From at Least 8 Coyotes

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Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn

A Great Pyrenees dog named Casper returned home after protecting his owner’s sheep from at least eight coyotes in Georgia. Owner John Wierwiller told Atlanta’s WAGA-TV that Casper fought the coyote pack for over half an hour, killing eight of the would-be sheep thieves. Casper was also wounded in the fight, and he ran off after it was over. Two days later the Pyrenees returned injured, missing some skin and part of his tail.

Great Pyrenees are a type of dog originally from the Pyrenees mountain range in France. According to the American Kennel Club, they are large dogs, often over 100 pounds, and were bred to stop “sheep-stealing wolves and other predators” in the mountains. As Casper shows, they are still excellent sheep guards today, but they can also be placid, friendly family pets. But buyer beware: the Great Pyrenees was bred to be an intelligent, independent dog, and does not take to training well. They are known for being stubborn and growing bored of obedience training. Their guard dog roots have also left them with a strong instinct to bark.

Casper himself is being cared for by Wierwiller. The LifeLine Animal Project has also raised over $15,000 to cover the sheepdogs hospital bills, so he may be back with the sheep he risked his life to protect in the future.

Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

CNN sets first Biden-Trump presidential debate for June 27 in Atlanta

CNN announced today that it will host a debate between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the network’s Atlanta studios on June 27, with no audience present. Both candidates have agreed to participate, marking a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the November election as they engage in direct exchanges over key issues.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.