Lab Owner Wants Change
Kitty Hawk, NC - Back in January, two pit bulls burst into the home of Mark and Diane Kent and killed their Labrador retriever named Jazz. The pit bulls had begun the chase outside of the family residence. When Jazz ran into the doggie door of his home, the pit bulls darted inside after him. Jazz was found in a pool of blood in the basement. Dare County Animal Control impounded the pit bulls then released them back to their owner the following day.
Dare County lacks laws on "animal-on-animal" attacks.
North Carolina is also a "one-bite" state, so liability is not assigned to the dog owner until after the second bite. The state statute does not deal with whether the victim is an animal or a human or the severity of the bite. So even if the attack resulted in a child loosing an arm, the offending dog would be returned to its owner after the 10-day quarantine. The pit bulls in this instance, 1.5 year-old male "Shine" and 4-year old female "Isabel," were both fixed.
Mark Kent Now Wants New Laws:
Surprisingly, no one mentions the genetic reality of pit bulls throughout the related articles. Pit bulls were selectively bred for animal-aggression, specifically dog-aggression. Current county laws protect pit bull owners more than any other types of dog owners, given the pit bull's innate desire to attack other animals. The victimized pets have little protection. Unsurprisingly, the Kents are still so traumatized by the attack that they are moving to a new location.
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