No Charges Will Be Filed In Deadly Pit Bull Attack

Knox County (WVLT) -- There will be no charges against the owner of two pit bulls that killed a woman Monday in West Knox County.

John Gill from the Knox County District Attorney General's office says there was no proof that Charles Smallwood acted in gross negligence while having knowledge that the dogs were dangerous.

Gill says barring any new evidence, that decision will not change.

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  • by Jessica Location: Lexington, ky on Nov 26, 2007 at 09:40 PM
    I would have written more, but ran out of space/don't have time to write everything I'd like to. But educate yourself before bashing the breed, using RELIABLE sources, not just the media, and not using the CDC fatal bite study that has been ruled unreliable with many faults that distorted the figures to favor BSL against pits. My ast word on this: How in the world is the owner of these dogs not being punished?! It is noted that he knew the dogs were dangerous - no muzzle? No kennel while the owner's gone? No rehabilitation? Without these precautions taken, the owner DID act in gross negligence. If he knew the dogs were human aggressive (which goes completely AGAINST what APBTs (aka pits) were bred for), the dogs should have been immediately 1) started on a rehab program with a licensed animal behaviorist, or 2)humanely euthanized. I'm a pit owner/ rescuer/rehabilitator/foster, only bitten by weiner dog, yellow lab, and hound while working in a vetclinic,pethotel,&@shelters.NEVERbyapit.
  • by Jessica Location: Lexington, ky on Nov 26, 2007 at 09:18 PM
    Tim, You're telling everyone who has a "pit bull" to put their dog to sleep, assuming that it's inherently a killer? These are dogs, not killing machines! The reason you hear so much about them is because they're the feared breed glamorized by the media, and too many irresponsible people (drug dealers, gangbangers and other wanna-be thugs) are targeting and abusing the american pit bull terrier because of their reputation. There was no mention of the owner of the dogs nor the situation that provoked them to attack. If you outlaw pit bulls, only OUTLAWS will own pit bulls! It's these outlaws that need to be punished, not responsible owners and their dogs that never hurt anyone. In the proper hands, American Pit Bull Terriers make fantastic pets and working dogs, excelling in therapy, assistance, weight-pull, agility, obedience, drug/ narcotics-detection, and even movie stars (the little rascals). "Pit bulls" are called "the nanny dog" in England for their love of children.
  • by Xavier on Nov 14, 2007 at 11:31 PM
    Pitbulls are one of the least things you have to worry about in life. Between 1979 and 1996, pitbulls have inflicted a fatal bite to an average of a little over 3.5 persons a year. (scroll down a few pages) Even if this is slightly underrated, that only equals 60 people in 17 years, it is probably the least thing everyone should worry about. Don't let the media hype you up, don't think that every time someone dies something should be outlawed. We pay a price for freedom. If I want to own a pitbull, I will, along with guns, which is another popular media target. If your worried so bad, then just don't own one, but don't take my right away.
  • by Tim Location: Morristown on Nov 14, 2007 at 06:18 PM
    This is crazy and very disturbing that it took around 20 minutes for emergency crews to arrive at the scene. Something MUST be done to avoid such long response time in the future. This is also one more case of evidence that pit bulls should be illegal. Anyone that has one, should have it put to sleep immediately at the vets before it puts your loved one to sleep after extreme torture! Who do you love most, your dog or your family? Why take the chance?


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