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28 thoughts on “2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pack of Dogs in Cocke County; Second Fatal Animal Attack in Area Since April

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  1. “This is a law enforcement failure of epic proportions.”
    This calls for individual enforcement of personal safety. Local governments refuse to provide for removal of dangerous animals. We see dangerous canines lunging at their fences and we hear them growling at passer by. At any instant, they can be loose on the public street. Local law is flagrantly opposed to the safety of the innocent citizen on the street.

  2. A trainer didn’t “train them that way” in all likelihood no matter what some pit cultist or anybody else wants to claim. It’s more likely he overestimated his ability to “train out” genetic aggression. He was also highly negligent in not euthanizing the dog/s immediately after the first attack.

    And the police negligence in this? This is beyond shocking.

    If I’m not mistaken there were three ‘Mauled to death by pitbull’ stories, just today.

    This is carnage on a massive scale. When you’re safer swimming in a shark tank or playing with massive cats and alligators in sanctuaries than hanging out with a dog–something is seriously amiss with that breed of dog.

    • We were initially concerned about a police K9 trainer in the county. That stems from a 2008 fatal attack in Cocke County. Apparently, he is gone now. Lots of information coming at us today.

  3. And we didn’t know until now about Tony Allen Ahrens’s death in April. How many deaths by dog are we not hearing about?

    • This story was in an Australian news site just yesterday! It said up to 20 dogs were involved, what horrific way for a very young girl to ‘perish’ she seemed a bright young lady. Also I read that the maximum term of imprisonment for ANY crime on the Navajo Nation lands is 1 YEAR… that’s right 1 YEAR! This is why they can and do, bring outside law authorities ie. police/detectives or the FBI to investigate murders, serious assaults (physical and sexual) on the reservation, l hope l am wrong… I also hope some sort of justice can be brought forward for the death of young Lyssa Rose Upshaw, may she RIP 🌹

  4. “WVLT also spoke to neighbors who said the dogs are no longer at the owner’s residence.”

    It looks like the owner has hidden the evidence. No surprise there. What else can be expected of evil, wicked, criminally dangerous, anti-social dangerous dog owners? I am willing to bet that over 99% of the time that a dog returns home with blood on it, and the owner suspects that his dog injured a person, the owner immediately washes the blood off of his dog and hides his dog.

    “…the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning for those traveling on Jimtown Road, saying to “use caution until the investigation concludes.” ”

    Anyone who is capable of a scintilla of intelligence will follow the Boy Scout motto, and will be prepared to use a lot more than mere mindfulness. Not just on Jimtown Road.

  5. It is a shame the neighborhood didn’t do what needed to be done after (or before) the first attack.

    The 3 S’s could have saved 2 lives.

    I wont be a bit surprised if those same dogs are back at the same house (and running loose) in 2 weeks. Hope they don’t manage a threepeat but it would not surprise me at all.

  6. 3 articles of deaths in one day, this is madness. This case in particular is infuriating because this could have been prevented if the cops would have removed and euthanized the dogs and arrested the owner after the first attack! How many more people will be mauled before something gets done??? This is why these mutants need to be banned entirely.

  7. In Australia, a warning system was created (by concerned citizens, I believe) that sends out an immediate warning via app that a shark attack has occurred and its location. This idea came about after a few shark attacks happened in the same area on the same day. The idea is that beachgoers need to know what dangers are immediately occurring in their area.

    It seems we need a similar system for pit bulls, often fittingly compared to sharks by the severity of their attacks. Pit bulls, however, attack far more often.

    It is unthinkable that this lovely young lady could be walking down the road and potentially have no idea that a man was killed by predators in that spot just a few months earlier. (It is also unbelievable that it is likely the same pack was left to live at large.)

    If you go to the beach where a shark has even just been spotted, there is a purple flag to warn of dangerous wildlife and the beach may be closed. When we went to Yellowstone a few years back, videos and signs everywhere warned about potential buffalo aggression. But pit bulls are far more likely to attack, and yet atrocious maulings receive limited media coverage and sometimes locals are not even informed at all about deaths caused by pit bull packs that are still in the area months later.

    What an insane, backwards world.

    • I was thinking along those lines yesterday and that a neighborhood should be alerted anytime animal control is called out due to an attack on a human or animal by a dog. Neighbors don’t always see each other and may not know that a child was attacked in their yard or even threatened or that it isn’t safe to walk your dog because they didn’t do more than fine the owner. I know most people on my street don’t know my dog was attacked twice or that another pit bull came at me in my yard. And just maybe if enough knew, things could change.

      • You should use the neighborhood app NextDoor to inform your neighbors and stay in touch with one another. I created a Pit Bull Problem group in Boca Raton and Delray, FL and have 16 members. We band together and support one another.

        • Here in Tucson, Nextdoor is a hotbed of pit nutters. You don’t dare post anything that’s even the slightest bit *hurtful* about the dear, sweet widdle wigglebutts.

          • Sadly any of of the apps are subject to pressure of whatever the latest cause du jour is.

            Used to you could get a scanner an listen in to what police an animal control were doing. Post 9/11 there has been a big move to scramble all of that. In my area it was amazing how much serious crime occurred that the media never reported on. Now all communications are scrambled and illegal to listen to.

            The local TV station doesn’t report much crime but they always have scarred up pit bulls as the “pet of the week”. They really are the best for families with kids you know. At least that is what they keep telling us.

  8. This has been a problem for many years. My 6 year old was mauled by 3 rottweilers 14 years ago. He did survive but has disfigurement and disabilities from it. I fought for laws to be changed in my town back then and they were changed. I did try at the state level but they just dragged their feet. It is long overdue for something to be done at the state level!!!

    • Tina, I can’t imagine the agony both you and your child experienced. Good on you for fighting back.

      We have BSL at the provincial level here but during COVID due to animal control not allowed to visit people’s homes, pitbull ownership increased exponentially.

      Seems the pit cultists took advantage of the situation. Next we’ll all see them whining about how unfair it is to pitbull owners who flouted the law–be forced to muzzle their dogs or have them removed. Or how unfair it is when they get fined 10K and jailed if the dog, bites. And how they should be allowed to keep their dogs (if pitbulls are picked up it’s automatic euthanasia because it is illegal to rehome them) after they get caught.

      It’s not just the legislation–it’s the enforcement that seems to be a problem.

      I adored Rotties in protection work. I loathe most non-security-professional owners of them. They have zero idea of what they’re looking at when a Rottweiler exhibits signs of territorialism and/or protectionism. The dog escalates resulting in mayhem. My last old collie dog was attacked *twice* by Rotts, one nearly killing her.

      I fail to understand why there can’t be (in either country) federal legislation for seat belts and against drunk driving but not prohibiting certain breed ownership.

  9. It seems like if a group of humans or alligators or bears were killing innocent humans in a neighborhood that police would be scouring the neighborhood with helicopters and looking 24/7 for them. I’m baffled why this isn’t happening. Seriously, just an example, if a black bear were on the loose, it would be caught within hours and people would be warned to stay indoors. This is so unfair to these neighbors. They can’t even enjoy the outdoors. I don’t own a weapon but if I lived here I would definitely get one and carry it at all times. It sounds like police are building an investigation and leaving folks in extreme danger.

  10. The owner of the dogs Charlie Everett Owensby on Facebook he goes by “Charlie Dogman” This man thinks everyone is scared of him because of those dogs and his guns the local police departments aren’t gonna do anything to him bring in the TBI

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