Anderson County, KY - Back in October, we reported that thieves posed as animal control officers in Morristown, TN, were stealing people's pit bulls. The speculation was that the impostors were taking the dogs for the purposes of dogfighting. Both Hamblen and Blount counties were subsequently placed on alert for these impostors. On Tuesday, it was reported that a "fake dog warden" in Anderson County, KY was up to the same tricks.
"Claiming he was with Animal Control, Miller says the man took Tasha, his brown pit bull mix, hitting her twice in the face with a baton before taking off with her in the back of his white Dodge [Dakota with a camper shell].
But Anderson County Animal Control Officers say that man wasn't one of them. Their vehicles are white Ford trucks with a distinct logo, and officers will carry badges.
It's an incident now putting a neighborhood on alert. But Miller fears he won't ever see Tasha again.
The suspect has been described as a medium build man. He was wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans, driving a white dodge truck.
Anderson County is considering a tougher vicious dog ordinance after four pit bull attacks in the past three weeks."
The Tennessee impostors had reportedly been driving a white van, specifically a white Ford Aerostar. The vehicle had markings similar to those used on actual Hamblen County Animal Control vehicles. It is unknown if the Tennessee thieves were ever caught. What is known is that because pit bulls were selectively bred for dogfighting -- to be the "ultimate canine warrior" no less -- they are highly valued by dogfighters, criminals and breeders.
10/12/08: Pit Bull Napping, Another Ongoing Criminal Trend