East Tennessee State Senator Wants Pit Bull Law In Knox County

Nashville (WVLT) – A state senator wants Knox County to address pit bull ownership after two dogs of the breed killed a woman in the western part of the county.

Sen. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) sent a letter to Knox County Commission Chairman Scott Moore asking the commission to look at what other communities have done to cut down on pit bull violence.

“Across Tennessee and now locally we have a story that has ended tragically,” he said in the letter. “Due to the fact that pit bulls do attack humans, I think it is time for us to act before we have another instance like this.”

He went on to write that a countywide ordinance requiring all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered would be the best way to accomplish that.


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  • by Becca Location: washington county tn on Apr 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    I think any one including state senator thet wants to ban pit bulls is very under educated anyone who has ever owned a pitt bull will tell you it's all about the way they are raised!you treat them mean they will be mean just like a child if you think they are so dangerous then don't go around them!chows are more likely to turn onthier owners than a pit bull but yet you don't hear about them.why is that?go after the owners not the dog it's only acting the way it was raised!
  • by Heather Location: Mascot on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Hi I am a pit bull owner an he is the best dang dog I ever had!He is so sweet an he is like my third child.Max is loved by many an hated by few an that only because these people have never owed on an beleive what they hear about this breed.If the law is passed in Tennessee then my family an I will move some where else!Its all in how you raise them an that go for any animal even people!The breed is not the problem it their owners!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by joe Location: KNOXVILLE on Nov 13, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    Look you guys are crazy if you think a breed specific ban is gonna stop dog bites. I am a proud pit bull terrier owner, and she is the sweetest dog you could ever meet she actually saved my life by getting help when I was alone and I was sick. I have been attacked by a dog 4 different times in my life and none of them were by pit bulls once was by a jack Russel once by a dachshund and the other two times were both by black labs so are we gonna ban these breeds? breed banning is an ineffective solution to a multi-faceted problem. because of the negative portrayal in the media of all pitbull types, many dogs that would make wonderful pets are overlooked at shelters and are eventually put down. Again, some of these dogs are not pits, but have been incorrectly lumped into that group.There is a lot of confusion about types of pitbulls, but there is one thing that they all have in common: They are a misunderstood and misrepresented group of dogs. lets keep our pets and educate the ignorant!!
  • by ck Location: knoxville on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    I believed the same as most people due now , my boyfriend asked if we could get a pit bull and i said no at first because i believed all those nasty things i heard ,then over some time i said we can try this. i have raised my baby from just a little guy and he would never hurt a fly let alone a person or child. My dog is very well trained and i firmly believe now that it isn't the breed its the owners ability to train and understand what these animals need and that's with any animal esp.dogs weather it be a bully or a lab or whatever breed you have. These people that want these bans like the lady mary have have seen one animal one owner neglectful of their title as a pet parent and are frightened. We'll i'm frightened that my well trained bully and i will be going for a walk and the people who are neglectful of their own pets that let them roam free start a fight with my pet who is on a leash and after its said and done because of my dogs breed he's taken from his home.
  • by Mary Location: Knoxville on Jul 10, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    My new neighbors have two very large pitbulls and a old broke down 4 ft. fence. The biggest one always grows at me when I take my garbage out. I have a 4 year old grandbaby that live with me and I am scared they will get out and attack her one day. Today the big one got out of the fence and was walking around the neighbors was not home. I called the city animal control and had no response. I called the local ppolice and they said they would send someone out and no one showed up. I do not understand why the city would allow a animal with such power to run free and do nothing about it or allow someone to keep them in a 4 ft. fence and think that is o.k. If they ever attack someone I hope they sue the owners and the city for allowing such a possible danger to the kids in the neighborhood.
  • by Lisa Location: Maryville on Jul 6, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    Our neighbors rented out their home about 3 months ago, to two ladies with a pit bull puppy, a female. She has become increasingly aggressive as she gets older. Completely unprovoked, she lunges at the fence every time I go out to feed my dog, or when she sees my smaller dog in the yard. She barks, growls ferociously, or just stares with a low throaty growl. I have a 5 year old son, a small boston terrier, and a lab who lives outside. Tonight my lab went hungry because the pit is loose in my yard. I know from the way she acts from behind the fence, she would not hesitate to attack or kill. If she attacked my lab, she would be dead before I could even respond. Now I have to ask the owners to keep her chained, that's going to go over just great! They are bred to be predatory dogs, and people who thought they had 'pets' have lost their own family members to them, animal and human.
  • by dennis Location: nashville tn on May 18, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    ok so a black man kills a person should we ban all black peopole get real its not the dogs its stupid people that train there dogs to be mean and agressive. i have a pitbull that has never once growled or even barked at a person or other animal, think about the little rascals petey was a pitbull did they get mauled or bitten nooooooooooo
  • by jessica Location: chattanooga on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    you shouldnt ban dogs just the stupid people that make their dogs that way not all pitbulls are bad stop breed discrimination
  • by keri Location: west knox on Dec 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    by putting a ban on the pittbull then the rottweiler will take its place and there even more unpredictable- they only publicise the pitt attacks, when a dog of any breed attacks occur daily. This will only make things worse not better. I am more afreid of a mean rottie or german shepherd or a doberman than a well trained pitt. lets remember its the owner not the breed. NOT ALL DOGS OF A SPECIFIC BREED ARE MEAN! Thats like saying anyone related to hilter or manson is a killer should we ban them?
  • by Lisa Holsonback Location: knoxville on Dec 2, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    Ive had 2 wonderful pittbulls both with bad endings, we need the laws for our dog safety. Its their only hope, Thanks for careing, the truth hurts.

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