Saturday, April 19, 2008
New Hanover County, NC - Already labeled "dangerous" by animal control, Zeus strikes a third victim. You read that right -- a third victim. Due to the negligence of New Hanover County Animal Control and, or the inadequacy of county laws, New Hanover County has been nominated as the most pro-mauling county in the US.
Thursday night, the pit bull-mix named Zeus "severely attacked" a woman in a mobile home park off Castle Hayne Road. This is the third time on record in the past four years Zeus has bitten someone. He has already been labeled a dangerous dog, which is a dog that has attacked a person unprovoked or is used for the purposes of dogfighting.
According to animal control, the attack by the male, un-neutered dog was unprovoked. Zeus is at the animal control shelter under a 10-day quarantine period. Afterward, the dog will be returned to his owner, Ben Smith Jr. The name of the victim and the details of her injuries were not released.
Animal control said that the victim can file a dangerous dog complaint, triggering a panel review of the dog. If the dog is declared dangerous yet again, the panel might impose more restrictions on Zeus. He won't have to get tattooed again, because that was done after the first time he was declared dangerous.
After 3 bites, and already being declared dangerous what exactly is there to review regarding this dog? Nominated: The most pro-mauling county in the US.
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| 4/19/2008 9:25 PM |
Animal Control in New Hanover, NC reminds me of Animal Control in Knoxville,Tn.
It leaves a citizen wondering what is AC job? I wish citizens would sue them for not doing their job. The lady that was attacked should sue both the dog owner and AC and force them to either do their job or give it up. With AC like this, citizens have to go arm for protection from dangerous dogs.
| 4/19/2008 11:56 PM |
Let's get a list together, then we can vote on them:
1.) Knoxville County, TN
2.) Shelby County (Memphis), TN
3.) New Hanover County, NC
(In Memphis, after the dog broke through his fenced yard and attacked a person, the owner was not liable because the owner "tried" to contain his dog.)
| 4/20/2008 9:41 AM |
Why do I think that AC is actually someone in City Halls brother-in-law who couldn't find a job anywhere else? A nice, cushy city job as an AC person, full benefits, healthcare, and a nice pension when you retire. Does anyone ask what qualifications you have to have to be the "dog catcher" in some of these towns?
In my town, you don't even need to be a certified vet tech...you take a course and get a certificate. A monkey could qualify easily. Yet we are constantly hearing quotes from AC personal from around the country as "experts", who clearly know NOTHING about dogs, and possibly are pit bull owners themselves. The former AC person in my town didn't even own a dog...she knew nothing at all about dogs or dog handling or training or breeds.
| 4/20/2008 10:19 PM |
David, I think more than a few animal control people have pit bulls. Apparently this is how they go about proving they're the 'Dog Whisperer.' (If only in their own weird fantasy.)
In the real world, having a pit bull can be a deal breaker. People who own pit bulls typically have a history of making bad choices and tend towards bad judgment, as well as confrontational personalities, etc. Family and pets is something I like to explore in the chit-chat portion of an interview, and I certainly will exclude a potential hire for the 'owns a pit bull' fault.
| 4/21/2008 5:40 AM |
Many in the Animal Control fields come from the Animal Welfare community where they have been indoctrinated in the "it's not the breed" PC silliness. How many times after a indefensable mauling do we see an AC rep reflexively spout "It's the chihuahuas" koolaid drinking talking points.
The only way this will change is for victims to win judgements against systematically negligent AC departments.
| 4/21/2008 2:35 PM |
I would like to add that, as a veteran of dog chat forums and message boards, most of the board moderators you will find are pit bull owners and/or breeders. It's one more way to control public discourse. It really is uncanny how many of them own pit bulls, and thus control the conversations surrounding pit bulls and BSL.