Friday, January 18, 2008
Rodney Chappell, awoke to an unfamiliar growl outside their home around 10:00 am. Chappell got up to investigate and found a neighborhood pit bull named Amber had busted through a window screen and grabbed one of his 3 cats. Upon discovery, the dog dropped the cat and ran off. Chappell wrapped Samantha’s body in a blanket, placed her on the couch and called his wife, Judy Rimes at work.
Vernon Sawyer, field service supervisor for Alachua County Animal Services, said the department had filed a complaint against Amber’s owners, Amy and Michael Kenner, just one day before Samantha died. The dog was running loose in the neighborhood, and the Kenners were fined $50. The Kenners could not be reached for further comment.
There will be an investigation to decide whether the dog will be allowed back into the neighborhood or if she should be euthanized. If Amber is deemed "aggressive," her owners can take her home. She’ll have to be kept in a cage and wear a muzzle and leash when outside. If Amber is deemed "dangerous," she will be euthanized.
"People who own animals need to understand that they have a responsibility to maintain that animal,” Sawyer said. “If your animal leaves your property, you are responsible for any damages that may occur.”Rimes cremated Samantha, better known as Sammy Sue, on Friday. Rimes said she’s planning to place Samantha’s ashes beside the ashes of the cat’s first owner, her sister, Peggy, who died of lung cancer in 2004.
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| 1/18/2008 2:07 PM |
Now...how many times do you hear of other breeds of dogs bursting through doors, breaking into houses in order to kill a domestic pet living INSIDE that house? Any dog with a prey drive that intense is dangerous. The owners should never be given a second chance. The next time the dog "just gets out", it could kill a child. No fear, high prey drive, no bite inhibition.....typical pit bull behavior, and a recipe for disaster.