KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A Carter County deputy shot and killed two pit bulls blamed for five attacks on other dogs.
Deputy Tom Smith killed one dog, a male white pit bull, yesterday morning with a shotgun. He returned later that morning and shot a second male brown pit bull.
Sheriff Chris Mathes said he hates to kill any animal, but the pit bulls killed four dogs and they had to be stopped.
Authorities received permission to kill the dogs from an owner, Chad Meyer, and a second owner, Sandra Ann Meyer, was charged with allowing the dogs to run at large.
Mathes said he was also concerned about the safety of children who were out on Halloween night.
The county used a reverse 9-1-1 phone system to alert residents in the Valley Forge community about the dog attacks.
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