This county needs animal control

This county needs animal control

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concerned parent

Kingsport, TN

#1 Sep 19, 2013
For 2 mornings in a row now my daughter has came home from dropping 1 of her daughters off at school only to be stranded in her car by a pit bull. She called the cops this morning and they told her that there is nothing they can do! She told them that she was stranded in her car with her 11 month old daughter and could not get out and they still would not go help her. What's funny to me is these trigger happy cops will shoot a black person with no questions but they cant even go help a person who is being terrorized by a dog!!! My husband even called them and asked them why they couldn't at least go and help her get into her home and they told him the same thing as they told our daughter, and my husband asked them if they had bullets for their guns and then said never mind I will go take care of it myself, and they still didn't even have the decency to go help a mother and her child to get out of her vehicle and into her house safely. What is it going to take Hawkins Co Police Dept? Is it going to take for our daughter or granddaughter to get attacked and mauled to death by a dog before you do something about it???? This county sux when it comes to the safety of our people!!!
people

Columbia, TN

#2 Sep 19, 2013
act like an adult . stop being all about dramma . talk to the owner of the dog first and if the owner wont take responsibility for the dog , send your carring husband and a gun to take care of the problem . and then give the dog back to the owner . if you were truely that concerned for your daughter and grand childs safty , simple problems , simple solving . souds like you're looking for attention or to cause problems for someone you dont like .
Soul Man

Kingsport, TN

#3 Sep 19, 2013
"To protect and serve" only applies to the chosen few around here. It doesn't matter to them that pit bulls have killed people, your safety and the child's safety is meaningless to them. If you shoot the dog and the owner calls the cops they will come and arrest you, if the dogs barks at the cop he'll shoot it and everything is all right. We need a new sheriff.
Say What

Clarksville, TN

#4 Sep 19, 2013
Why would you assume this person is trying to cause problems for someone they don't like? The owner's name is not mentioned here or the general area where the incident occurred. Allowing your dog to run at large, even if it's not causing damage, is a misdemeanor in the state of Tennessee, so who enforces this? It wasn't wrong or unreasonable for this person to contact the sheriff's department.
Bulldog

Franklin, NC

#5 Sep 19, 2013
The is a leash law in Hawkins County and the City of Rogersville. When the dogs have you cornered again use your phone to take a picture then send it to Nate Moribedo at chanel 11 and ask him why doesn't law enforcement enforce the laws?

Then call Church Hill animal control they will come and get the dogs.

Or you could just drive away and hope the dogs follow you. Call the police and tell them you are being followed by two psychos. Just don't tell them the psychos are dogs.
oh honey

Ringgold, GA

#6 Sep 19, 2013
Tell your daughter to run that thing away or over with her dang car. Also, get a can of mace too just in case she didn't get it good enough. Then the owners may keep the next one on a leash!
Yet Another

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 19, 2013
people wrote:
act like an adult . stop being all about dramma . talk to the owner of the dog first and if the owner wont take responsibility for the dog , send your carring husband and a gun to take care of the problem . and then give the dog back to the owner . if you were truely that concerned for your daughter and grand childs safty , simple problems , simple solving . souds like you're looking for attention or to cause problems for someone you dont like .
The original is topix thread poster may be baiting us because there is no "Hawkins County POLICE Department". Also, the Hawkins County Sheriff deputies would write a citation for an animal running at large as you see this charge often in the Session Court listings of court appearances.
If someone was just asking the city police or the county deputies to shoot the dog, I believe the recent complaints, recent topix threads, and the humane societies would leave them absolutely unwilling unless they were personally being attacked.(You get what you ask for in that what goes around comes around.) However, you could ask law enforcement to observe the dog on your property and ask them to charge the owner with "animal at large". If they don't you might be able to make a civil charge.
The above is correct in advising that it would be best to first notify the owners. Also, have you considered personal protection mace (tear gas)? What about taping a small can of mace to a heavy duty walking stick with a strap around the wrist so items can be carried.
However, I differ with some of the above advice. If shooting is the last resort such in case of an attack, I would not return the dead dog. Be sure it is on your property. It would not be wise to shoot it in the road or on the road right-of-way. Take adequate pictures that show it was on your property.
Yet Another

Knoxville, TN

#8 Sep 19, 2013
Hey, if you should decide to tape the mace can to a walikng stick, test it to be sure it is ready to spray and pointed so the spray don't hit the strick or you.
Resident

United States

#9 Sep 19, 2013
Sounds like bs to me, I doubt some dog is stalking this woman's daughter. If it is then how are they getting into the car in the first place? Its probably a sweet dog that comes around BC its hungry but BC its a pit bull you automatically think the worst and want it shot? Try a little kindness and less drama.
Tn Code Annontated

Monroe, NC

#10 Sep 19, 2013
Yet Another wrote:
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The original is topix thread poster may be baiting us because there is no "Hawkins County POLICE Department". Also, the Hawkins County Sheriff deputies would write a citation for an animal running at large as you see this charge often in the Session Court listings of court appearances.
If someone was just asking the city police or the county deputies to shoot the dog, I believe the recent complaints, recent topix threads, and the humane societies would leave them absolutely unwilling unless they were personally being attacked.(You get what you ask for in that what goes around comes around.) However, you could ask law enforcement to observe the dog on your property and ask them to charge the owner with "animal at large". If they don't you might be able to make a civil charge.
The above is correct in advising that it would be best to first notify the owners. Also, have you considered personal protection mace (tear gas)? What about taping a small can of mace to a heavy duty walking stick with a strap around the wrist so items can be carried.
However, I differ with some of the above advice. If shooting is the last resort such in case of an attack, I would not return the dead dog. Be sure it is on your property. It would not be wise to shoot it in the road or on the road right-of-way. Take adequate pictures that show it was on your property.
The law states that the only dog that can be shot is " a bi tch dog in heat running at large". You cannot shoot any other dog. Not my words this is how the law is stated. Th state of Tn. has a STATEWIDE leash law for DOGS AND CATS. If the police do not respond to to a vicious animal at large the they (the police) are (if you read the code further) in violation of state law.
Frank

Charlotte, NC

#11 Sep 19, 2013
Yes, Hawkins Co. needs Animal Control.
adult

Kingsport, TN

#12 Sep 20, 2013
If a dog is in your yard and you feel threatened by it, you will not get into trouble if you kill it! That's what the police told a friend of mine. But the police should have at least come and assisted the lady and child out of the car. I am scared of dogs and will shoot them if they're in my yard. People are so irresponsible and won't control their animals, it's a shame!
Soul Man

Kingsport, TN

#13 Sep 20, 2013
Resident wrote:
Sounds like bs to me, I doubt some dog is stalking this woman's daughter. If it is then how are they getting into the car in the first place? Its probably a sweet dog that comes around BC its hungry but BC its a pit bull you automatically think the worst and want it shot? Try a little kindness and less drama.
How bout keeping a dog on it's own property, would that not constitute an act of kindness
Soul Man

Kingsport, TN

#14 Sep 20, 2013
adult wrote:
If a dog is in your yard and you feel threatened by it, you will not get into trouble if you kill it! That's what the police told a friend of mine. But the police should have at least come and assisted the lady and child out of the car. I am scared of dogs and will shoot them if they're in my yard. People are so irresponsible and won't control their animals, it's a shame!
I would not trust what the police say about it. If shoot someones dog in your yard and that person presses charges, then the court will decide.
to adult

Columbia, TN

#15 Sep 20, 2013
really ! you would shoot a dog just because its crossing your yard to get from one place to another ?
Yet Another

Knoxville, TN

#16 Sep 20, 2013
Resident wrote:
Sounds like bs to me, I doubt some dog is stalking this woman's daughter. If it is then how are they getting into the car in the first place? Its probably a sweet dog that comes around BC its hungry but BC its a pit bull you automatically think the worst and want it shot? Try a little kindness and less drama.
The woman has a baby and you think she should take a chance that it is a rare Pit Bull that is "sweet"? Just what do think the odds are? Hint: it is definitely NOT "probably". The dog may be sweet around its master and the owners are usually in denial of the damager to others. Also, there are often signs that a dog probably bite or attack.
I was badly bit by surprise from the side by a German Sheppard dog that the owner still tells people that it is friendly and won't bite. Last year I had a baby calf killed by dogs in a pack before I could rescue it. The owners denied their dogs would do such a thing, claimed their dogs never left their property, and blamed coyotes. Yet, I see the exact dogs running cattle every day.
LOL Like: "You weren't bit by my dog because my dog doesn't bite, anyways my dog doesn't have any teeth, and besides I don't even own a dog."
Yet Another

Knoxville, TN

#17 Sep 20, 2013
Oops should been: dog probably will bite instead of "probably bite" and danger instead of "damager".
Legal Scholar

Johnson City, TN

#18 Sep 20, 2013
These dogs running at large can be very dangerous. Although the historical pitbull was bred for fighting other dogs, but carefully bred for good temperament towards humans, the aggressive trait towards humans does have to be carefully bred out with each generation. The problem is that in rural areas for the last 40 years, drug dealers have been breeding pits for aggression, as attack dogs. Other owners as well will train the dogs and select for aggression while breeding. This has changed the nature of the breed and those who claim otherwise are either ignorant or are intentionally misleading you because they enjoy access to a breed that has been made into an aggressive one. Statistics on attacks prove this breed is now far more dangerous than it was in the Little Rascals days when it was a sweetheart. Of course there are still individual dogs without the problems, but we are not talking about that, we are talking about one who is showing aggression in public and is running lose.

You have a legal right to self defense. The solution is to carry a gun and to defend yourself against any dog behaving in a menacing manner.

You have this right. The above claims that there is a law allowing only the shooting of dogs in heat is false. You do not have to stand around and do nothing while a dog harms your children or livestock.
reality

Columbia, TN

#19 Sep 20, 2013
the problem with dogs are the ignorant owners that cant provide for or riase their own children but they run out and get a puppy and when the new wears off , they sherk that responsibility also . people that cant feed their children without gov. assistance get a dog and then the dog goes hungry because its not fed on a regular basis . ignorant people that dont provide shelter from heat , rian and cold . dogs are smarter than most humans . because dogs cant talk , most humans are to stupid to read btween the lines and see what the animal is asking for . the owners are the problem . dont take it out on a dog .
Really

Seymour, TN

#20 Sep 20, 2013
reality wrote:
the problem with dogs are the ignorant owners that cant provide for or riase their own children but they run out and get a puppy and when the new wears off , they sherk that responsibility also . people that cant feed their children without gov. assistance get a dog and then the dog goes hungry because its not fed on a regular basis . ignorant people that dont provide shelter from heat , rian and cold . dogs are smarter than most humans . because dogs cant talk , most humans are to stupid to read btween the lines and see what the animal is asking for . the owners are the problem . dont take it out on a dog .
Hey this topic is about dangerous and vicious dogs. A serious threat to better behaved pet dogs, cats, people, children, chickens, fawns and small livestock such as pigs, goats and baby calves.
So are you saying if the dog severely bites me, "don't take it out on the dog"? If it kills my stay at home dog, "don't take it on a dog"? If it kills my child or grandchild, "don't take it out on a dog"? If it severely and permanently scars and permanently injures my child or my grandchild, don't take it out on a dog"?
You must think the outlaw dog is more important than humans. I am guessing that you all for abortions too. Also, I am guessing that you will change your attitude when you get bitten really badly, or your own dog gets killed by a mean dog running at large!

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