Deputy Kills Pit Bulls Accused Of Attacks On Five Other Dogs

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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by michele Location: new market on Nov 13, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    i do not believe it was the dogs fault i do blame the owner of the dogs u know when u have a aggresive dog the last thing u want to do is put the dog on a chain and surely not teach them to attack the owners of pitbulls is what gives them a bad name a owner that wants a bad dog can make anybreed of dog mean even a poodle
  • by wendy Location: morristown on Nov 5, 2007 at 07:52 PM
    When my daughter was 2 yrs old, a family member had a pit that was still a pup, but a big pup. As we left, going down a few steps, she was in front of me holding my hand. I witnessed this dog wrapping it's chain around my daughters ankles. I snatched her up in my arms. I think this is how the "fight" begins, when their "prey" is smaller than them, they try to dominate just as this one did with my daughter. Just look at how many children have been killed because they trusted (that) dog around their child. I knew if that dog could have got my baby to the ground, she would also be dead. They are bred to fight and even if you don't fight them, somewhere in their bloodlines was a fighter. I don't trust them for a second! I am a life long dog lover, but I will never underestimate a pit bull.
  • by Jeff Location: Knox on Nov 5, 2007 at 03:00 PM
    Pit bulls aren't mean, it's their owners!
  • by Chad Location: gainesville on Nov 5, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    "Sending the police out to shoot the dogs is disturbing and even more than a little barbaric!"....I agree. Dog agression is not human agression, they are not even close. Where was animal control???
  • by Lori Location: Kansas on Nov 4, 2007 at 12:22 PM
    I understand that if the dogs were guilty, they needed to be destroyed. But has anyone ever heard of humane euthanasia? Didn't sound like this was done in an emergency situation to defend onesself. Sending the police out to shoot the dogs is disturbing and even more than a little barbaric!
  • by ronnie Location: powell on Nov 3, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    Hooray for them! I don't know why anybody would want a mean dog, especially when children are present.

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