Young-Williams Recommending Tougher Dangerous Dog Rules

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Knox County (WVLT) -- The Knox County Commission could be changing their dangerous dog ordinance soon.

Volunteer TV's Lauren Davis has the details.

The Young-Williams Animal Center board voted Friday to recommend changes to the ordinance to the county commission.

The Young-Williams board presented several proposals that would seek to stop the overpopulation of animals.

But after a recent pit bull attack that left a young woman dead, the victim's uncle doesn't' feel spaying and neutering will stop violent dogs.

James Pipes was an uncle to 21-year-old Jennifer Lowe, who died after she was attacked by two pit bulls on November 12th in the Hardin Valley area.

"It was tragic, brutal, an unacceptable," said Pipes.

James showed us papers he says shows the pit bulls were deemed dangerous by Knox County more than two months before they killed Jennifer.

"So even the dangerous dog ordinance didn't save my niece's life," he said.

Young-Williams Animal Center's Board of Directors thinks education might be the key.

"We need owners to educate themselves of proper training," said Michael Blackwell, Young-Williams Animal Center Board Chair.

The board voted to recommend to the county a mandatory spay/neuter rule for dogs who've attacked a person on two or more occasions.

They also recommended to euthanize dogs that continue to be a problem.

"We believe spay and neutering is very important, it's very important," said Blackwell.

According to veterinarians, because spaying and neutering keeps breeding animals from roaming, it makes animals less aggressive, and of course it stops the reproduction of violent dogs.

But is spaying and neutering the animal good enough for Jennifer's uncle?

"Instead of putting blame on dog put the blame on owners where it belongs," said Pipes.

But for now, the dangerous dog ordinance changes will have to do while the board continues talk about other ways to protect the public.

The board talked a little about the controversial "breed specific" legislation where they take action against a certain breed.

But they didn't vote on anything.

It's not clear when the Knox County Commission will consider the proposed changes.

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