Second Dog That Killed Knox County Woman Captured

By: Rob Pratt Email
By: Rob Pratt Email

Knox County (WVLT) -- The second pit bull involved in the deadly mauling of a West Knox County woman is now in custody.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt has the latest.

Sheriff's deputies and animal control officers returned to the scene of the attack Tuesday on Sam Lee Road to take the second pit bull into custody.

The dog was wounded Monday night when officers shot and killed the other pit bull.

This was not the first time that Charles Smallwood's dogs have caused trouble.

The death of 21 year-old Jennifer Lowe on Monday is shocking but it's not a surprise to some that Charles Smallwood's dogs caused trouble.

Knox County Animal Control has been called to this address four times to deal with the dogs.

"We deemed them dangerous on the 23rd of August. They signed the papers on the 28th. We were back out on the 14th to make sure they met all the parameters, which they did," said David Head, Knox County Animal Control Director.

Meeting the parameters meant building an enclosure and keeping the dogs either inside the fence or the house.

It all became necessary after neighbors complained about the dogs running loose and the pit bulls injured another neighborhood dog.

But the dogs were never seized because the owner appeared to cooperate, even when the dogs were running loose again last week.

"We were actually back out there on Friday on a drive-by, going to another call and the officers seen them out in the yard and reminded them and went back over the parameters for the dangerous dog and what he had to do," said Head.

In the end, none of the steps could protect someone who was living with the dogs.

"I mean it's just surprising that a pet animal that you live with could do that to you," said ## Hill.

Jennifer Lowe's coworkers at Rocky Top Market are collecting money at the counter for Lowe's family.

And they are dealing with the shock of losing a friend.

"I mean she was only 21 years-old and she had just been at work the night before," said Hill.

Sources at the courthouse tell Volunteer TV that the most serious potential charge for a dog owner in a case like this is reckless homicide, though they say even that might be a reach in a case involving an adult victim who lives with the dogs.

While the sheriff's department is discussing the evidence with prosecutors, no charges have been filed.


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  • by The Witness on Oct 20, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    Charles, the attack happened in Nov., so you are a bit off on your "year to the day" count. I suggest you go get therapy and get your head on straight. Maybe then you will stop defending the dogs, allow yourself to express some real remorse, and finally appologize so everyone can move on. You're dogs where NOT great animals. They were scary and you didn't keep them controlled the way you needed to.
  • by charles Location: knox on Sep 30, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    I was the owner of the 2 pitbulls that attack my friend jennifer lowe and its almost been a year to the day that the devastating situation had taken place.i merely still dont get awy from the nightmares and thoughts of what had taken place that unforgetful night.the images of her the sceen the whole intire thing has taken my mind,friends and the view of society and twisted their thoghts and words on mr.well fine judge me if you may they and you think that i dont feel regret for her or her family your sadly mistaken.i deal with this on a daily basis just like them and i believe alot more than others.my dogs were great animals never did they attack another dog nor a person.i get called a killer a murderer and what the pepole dont get is they are just as guilty for judging me and sizing me up for this account.those who didnt know them or see them shouldnt even responed with the nature of their comments to me as they do.IM innocent SHES innocent my DOGS ARE TO..It was just a freak of nature
  • by julie Location: hl, ms. on Jan 16, 2008 at 07:30 PM
    can u read? the dogs had been in trouble b4. and obviously they werent responsible people who had them. pitbulls are what you make them!!! great housepets, or mean because they were made that way!
  • by dee Location: oak ridge on Nov 17, 2007 at 11:34 PM
    Ashley, I am so sorry for the loss of your cousin. I have read what a loving caring lady she was.May God help you and your family through this sad time. Remember the good times and love you shared with her.She is with God now and she wil watch over you. God Bless You & Yours
  • by alan Location: clinton on Nov 15, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    pit bulls are not adorable creatures. They kill, and will turn on their owners with no warning. If you sleep with a pit bull, you get mauled by one. It makes me sick that no charges were filed with the owner. The breed should be banned, and to blame the 911 operators and responders is a sign of the intelligence of the people involved. How many times had the authorities been to that residence? Animal control had done everything possible to protect the neighborhood. I am just thankful that a little child next door wasn't mauled instead of the idiot that slept with the dog!
  • by Darlene Location: Knoxville on Nov 15, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    I'm sending my deepest sympathy to Jennifer's family however, I do have a delima with banning certain types of breeds it's not the dog itself it happens to be the stupid owners. who doesn't know how to handle the animals or lacks the intelligence.....
  • by Dana Location: Jacksonville AL on Nov 14, 2007 at 08:45 PM
    PIT BULL'S aren't Bad dogs IDIOTS! READ THAT OUT OF A DICTIONARY! It is Bad owners that Raise bad dogs! In a temprement Test FEDERAL TEST BY THE WAY! Pit Bulls tested in the Top Breeds! CHihuahua's failed Miserably! This guy should be punished and so should anyone with any dog that attacks for no reason but NOT just because it was a Pit Bull! Let me Guess, All those people shot should blame the gun company since it just went off by itself and this man raised these dogs this way! Please Pray for this Family and I hope this man goes to jail for what he did! He had his warning when they were deemed Agressive!
  • by Dana Location: Jacksonville ALABAMA on Nov 14, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    I think that this man should have had his dogs trained a LOT better than that! SHE LIVED WITH HIM! Stupid People with Pit Bulls are never a match! Just like Stupid People with Guns! ~DANA~ Save the Breed
  • by Leona Location: Harrogate on Nov 14, 2007 at 06:45 PM
    Pit bulls should be ban and anyone having one that attacks should be charged with "attempted murder."
  • by Angel on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:22 PM
    My neighbor has a number of pit bulls and she has been forced to put them in a fenced-in lot, by the animal control, but she still lets them run loose and play during the summer. She has even told me that if one dog, in particular, ever gets loose without her being around, it will kill someone because it is so aggressive. She continues to allow her child to play with the dog. I think they should ban pitbulls in the state of Tennessee because people are delusional if they think pitbulls make great pets. How many people have to die before these vicious animals are banned?
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