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25 thoughts on “2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Newly Adopted Rottweiler Kills Owner in Madison County, Tennessee

  1. Yet another reason why I'd never buy a dog from a shelter. Not only to they lie to their customers about the aggressiveness about their dogs, but they also send off dogs to the most unfitting people. Who in the hell lets a 57 year old man take home Rottweiler?

    I hope we get some details on whatever shelter sold this man this monster. I can't imagine a 57 year old man going to a shelter with the intention of getting a Rottweiler over safer, more manageable breeds.

  2. I'm more afraid of Rottweilers. I was taking a walk yesterday and a man with two leashed Rottweiler were walking towards me. I felt so scared. I passed with a hello and afterwards turned around and saw the dogs sniffing where I had just walked. These are not pets in my mind. They are German military service members. May the victim in this new attack rest in peace.

  3. A relative left a comment yesterday at the WBBJ post:
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    Adrienne Davis Riggs Please all, I am a dog lover and animal lover but speculating what coulda, shoulda, mighta happened to the dog prior to yesterday really doesn't matter anymore. The pound said it was a stray so we will NEVER know. What IS important, is that a gentle man, a loving father, and good person is DEAD. Getting that phone call last night from my hysterical son on the verge of collapse is not something I want to go through ever again. The dog not only killed Tony, but it attacked my son's step-mother and a neighbor. The police had to shoot it because it was threatening and preventing anyone from entering the house. Forgive me but I don't care about the dog anymore!! I DO care about my son who is grieving so deeply that he cannot eat or sleep and with his health issues, could end up in the hospital. I care about the pain in my son's eyes and the hopelessness in his face right now as he faces the rest of his life without the most important man in his life. I care about the loss of a man I loved and friend I will miss. My priorities lie with my son and mourning the loss of a good human being. My son is reading every comment people make about his father. Please don't add to his grief and pain.

    https://www.facebook.com/WBBJ7/posts/10153835730424742

  4. If I read the sale requirements from the pound they offered a small refund on the dogs purchase after proof of neutering. I had no idea any county/city pound let anything out without strilization, and certainly not a powerful tyou of dog. They have since pulled down the dogs listing on facebook so I can not go back and look.

  5. Yes — we saw this. That rottweiler was not neutered. We have a screen capture here:

    https://www.dogsbite.org/img/madison-county-rottweiler-killed-man.png

    Jackson Madison County TN Rabies Control 146 Miller Ave
    Jackson, TN
    731-668-4211
    320 male rottweiler in 11L…stray…ready 11/12/2015
    5 yr & 111 lbs

    $63 adoption fee…fee covers rabies shot at a Madison County TN vet…and a $25 refund for spay/neuter within 30 days — with Maria Dias.

  6. Plan A: dog gets adopted. Dog kills a man and wounds 2 others. Dog creates a wake of disaster and devastates a family and ends up getting shot and killed as a result.
    Plan B: since we have no idea this dog's history let's humanely euthanize.
    Is it ever worth taking a chance on plan A? To save 1, countless others may die.

  7. Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control still won't answer any media questions — they were also closed today. It is unknown what they are going to say when they do finally issue a statement. Someone knows something about this dog's background (did they guess the age of 5-years old?). On the "save" dangerous dog FB page, there were rumors stating the dog had previously attacked a shelter worker. This rottweiler was an absolute extreme man killer — its behavior falls outside of any recorded fatal rottweiler attack (a single rottweiler killing an able-bodied middle-aged man). The statement from witness Teresa Sanchez was chilling too: "He wasn't growling or showing teeth, he just bit us like he did it all the time or something."

  8. 111 lbs??? And not an once of fat on him! Intact huge adult male, a naturally aggressive breed, unknown history, absolutely irresponsible to release him.

    No obvious scars on the dog, so probably not used in fighting, but definitely looks like it has had some physical training. I would guess a "protection" dog for a business that became too much to handle so they dumped him.

  9. Thank you for the updates Colleen. It's great we can have someone to provide us with details since the shelter itself will not.

    I hope this shelter gets its butt sued off. Selling an un-neutered aggressive breed, to a man nearly 60 (or possibly 70 since there are conflicting stories), and then not saying anything after the man is KILLED by the monster on the same day he bought it; and even going to the point of taking the thing's picture off Facebook. That's the pinnacle of IRRESPONSIBILITY and ENDANGERMENT. How people still have the mindset "all breeders bad, all shelters good" I'll never understand.

  10. But Dayna, you don't understand. This dog is a RESCUE! And RESCUE! dogs must be adopted out! ASAP, in fact!

    Sarcasm off.

    And I hope that this man's widow sues the HELL out of this shelter.

    Which leads me to another point: I favor BSL. But it's not the BSL that is often discussed here. Face it, *legislation* can take years to get enacted.

    But Breed-Specific Litigation? Oh, man. It will change things in a hurry.

    Money talks. And you-know-what walks.

  11. Was the dogs brain tissue tested for rabies after they killed him? All dogs with unknown history have to be quarantined for at least 10 days before being put up for adoption (since there's no rabies test for live animals) they monitor for clinical signs of the disease. Most shelters test for food agression (placing a stick in thr dogs bowl as he is eating) and other common aggression triggers. Did none of this happen? On a ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN POUND rottweiler with zero history. If so, theit policy needs to change or they need to be shut down. I've never worked in a shelter that didn't do these standard simple things to protect future adopters and the dogs from homes with potential triggers (kids, other dogs, cats). Makes me sick and I really would like to know if this dog was rabid and not quarentined long enough. Sounds like no one was looking for signs anyway and that's terrifying.

  12. The county is now consulting with a dog bite expert about this case, but it remains unknown which "expert" this is — there are only a handful in the US. WBBJ interviewed Berman, the same expert that was dealt a defeat in the Jena Wright case — babysitter's pit bull killed little Jordyn. Of the many issues that came out during that trial, a serious blow to the expert was in admitting he had never met Jordyn and never met the pit bull or observed his interaction with other dogs or people.

    Berman concluded his multi-thousand dollar testimony predictably saying, "nothing in Brutus' behavior could have predicted the attack on Jordyn Arndt." Then cross-examination began, kicking court tension up a few notches Tuesday. After grilling Berman on his education and previous experience, prosecutors unveiled the undoing of his testimony. Berman had to state to the court that he had never even evaluated the pit bull — Brutus was put down shortly after the attack. -DogsBite.org

    Rabies Control has hired this unnamed dog bite expert, despite the fact that no one apparently had any knowledge about this dog's past and it was shot to death after killing Anthony (it no longer can be observed). In the dog's 5-day stay at the pound, no evaluation or temperament test was given either. It is unclear what help this expert can provide, given so little information to evaluate. Crime scene photos will likely indicate it was a horrific fatal attack, not unlike other fatal rottweiler attacks.

    Officials call in 'bite expert' in dog attack death

  13. Doesn't animal control have to hold an animal for TEN days just to be sure it doesn't have rabies? This entire incident seems incredibly negligent on AC's part.

  14. Apparently not according to Tennessee state law. There is only a 3-day hold on pick ups and owner surrenders, according to Rabies Control. Again, we have to express the irony in the agency's name, given that they do not even vaccinate.

    Per Tennessee law, a dog picked up on the street or given up by its owner must be held for at least three days, Tedford said. If the animal has an identification chip or a collar with a name, they keep the dog for five to seven days. During the three days, the animals are fed and watered, but not examined or tested, Tedford said. If unclaimed, they are then put online for adoption. Vaccinations and spaying or neutering are arranged by the owner after adoption. -Kim Tedford, director of the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department.

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