Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dog attack victim calling for Madison Co. dangerous dog ordinance

By Trang Do, WSFA

A Hazel Green woman is calling for a dangerous dog ordinance in Madison County after she says she was attacked by a neighbor's pitbull.
She says the dog has still not been taken because there's a protocol that needs to be followed before the dog can be taken and quarantined.
So for now, Carolyn Hopkins says she's terrified to walk around her neighborhood.
Hopkins says she and a friend were walking by a neighbor's house Tuesday night, when she says the pitbull ran off the porch and attacked her.
Hopkins was treated at Crestwood Hospital for multiple cuts and puncture wounds.
She says sheriff's deputies came out and took a report that night, but she was told animal control can't come out at night.
Hopkins says she was also told animal control has to wait on the health department before it can act.
The health department sent Hopkins a letter Thursday informing her that the dog is not up-to-date on its rabies shots.
She's calling on county leadership to pass an ordinance to protect the community from potentially dangerous dogs.
"If you're going to own a dog like this, number one, I know pitbulls that are not vicious, but they keep them penned up and they keep them chained up," she said. "A tall enough fence like in Tennessee law, I think it's six to ten feet tall fence, that's acceptable to me."
Animal control could not be reached for comment on Sunday. 
The owner of the dog was also not home to speak to WAFF 48 News.
Hopkins says she is planning to attend the next county commission meeting to see what can be done.

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