Owner's Dogs Euthanized
UPDATE 03/13/09: The two dogs that attacked Carletta Bailey are now dead in addition to two others, which had been chained up on the owner's property. Neither Cain nor the others will be able to birth or sire puppies that can lead to another serious attack or death. Prior to the attack, both dogs had been locked in the owner's trailer. The dogs broke out of the trailer and attacked Bailey. Fortunately, a neighbor heard the attack and shot both dogs.
When Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy Darrell Mongar arrived at the scene, one of the chained up pit bulls bit the front tire of his police cruiser causing it to go flat. LaFollette and Campbell County Animal Control were both called to the scene to assist with the animals. The dogs were so aggressive, according to Betty Crumley, the director of Campbell County Animal Shelter, that the dogs were immediately put down. "They were deemed a danger," she said.
Too bad for 21-year old Jennifer Lowe -- who was ripped to pieces by two pit bulls previously declared "dangerous" -- that Knox County Animal Control did not euthanize Charles Smallwood's pit bulls after the animals attacked a neighborhood dog and a police cruiser. It was reported that animal control visited Smallwood's home about the dogs five times in the three months leading up to the savage attack that ended in Jennifer Lowe's death in November 2007.
In the instance of Bailey, because the owner had "put the dogs up and they accidentally got out" authorities do not expect to file criminal charges.
03/11/09: Pit Bull Bore Pup that Killed Woman
Caryville, TN - In a developing story, Carletta Bailey has been hospitalized after suffering deep gashes, bite marks, and scratches to her hands, arms, and legs. It is reported that there may be a connection between the attacking pit bulls and the fatal mauling of Jennifer Lowe in 2007. Bailey says that of the two dogs that attacked her, Cain and Able, it was a dog from a litter of Cain that attacked and killed 21-year old Jennifer Lowe in west Knox County.
From her hospital bed, Bailey told reporters that she went outside to give her dog a treat when the two dogs, Cain and Able, attacked her as she tried to reach her pickup. "And he drug me down. When I hit the ground, the bigger one grabbed my leg and they drug me about ten feet," says Bailey. That's when Bailey says the dogs tore into her. "Able is the one that tore this arm up and I sacrificed this arm so that I could keep Cain away from my neck," said Bailey.
Neighbor Dennis Ward came to Bailey's rescue. "They had her down and when I seen them jerking on her, that was it. I started shooting," he said. He shot one dog with a .22 caliber pistol. That dog ran off, but Ward says he was scared to shoot the bigger dog that didn't move with that gun because he might miss. Ward called to his wife to fetch him his 20-gague shotgun and "that was the end of him," he said. As you can imagine, Dennis Ward is a hero to Bailey.
The dog's owners, Justin Wilder and Roxie Ward, but were unable to be reached. Officials said one of the dogs bit a tire of an arriving sheriff's deputy making it go flat. The deputy had to change his tire before he could leave. Sound familiar? Prior to the fatal mauling of Jennifer Lowe, the two pit bulls owned by Charles Smallwood, "Mafia" and "Passion Maria," had been declared legally dangerous. In an incident that led to the legal declaration, the dogs attacked two police cruisers.
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