Hunting Dogs Killed

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Tallassee, Blount County (WVLT) - A group of hunters in training their dogs for this year's upcoming raccoon season will be without three of them after they were shot and killed.

And now one man faces charges for committing the crime.

Volunteer TV’s Blount County Bureau Chief Stephen McLamb headed to Tallassee to find out what happened.

It's tough for any dog owner when their beloved pet dies. It's even tougher for Derek Radford and Jason Payne. Their dogs shot and killed this past weekend.

The pictures are too graphic for us to show.

And the man accused says he didn't do it.

Jason Payne and Derek Radford live, breathe, and will probably die avid hunters.

"That's my life,” says Radford. “I've grown up, ever since I was a kid, running dogs."

But the night of July 28th was a night they'll never forget. With tracking devices, they took out seven dogs on their land to let the dogs get their rusty noses and tracking instincts ready for the upcoming hunting season.

But when they got to the top of the mountain, "We heard them three shots,” Payne recalls. “Well, we had three dogs that just disappeared. Couldn't track them, couldn't beep them or nothing."

So they began to search for the dogs with their devices along Highway 72.

"I got in the truck, got my tracker, and we went down the road and we got a beep,” says Derek.

"I found one of the collars had been thrown off Four Mile Creek and that's when we called the law,” Jason says.

Conservation officers arrived on the scene and found the dogs on the property of Randall Paul Greene, who has now been charged with the crime. Greene says he's innocent and that it was his grandmother who killed the dogs because they were chasing their cats and who, he says, are still missing.

Both men say they've lost more than dogs they've spent years training, but also dogs they loved, which leaves them with one feeling.

"Bad,” Jason says. “Real bad.”

"If we go out and kill somebody, they're going to make justice and that's the way I look on my dogs,” Derek says.

Greene says they've been very protective of their land, putting up no hunting or trespassing signs, since his father was murdered at his home ten years ago and the case remains unsolved.

Greene is due in court August 17th.

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  • by josh Location: sevierville on Jun 23, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    I have been coon hunting my whole life and i just dont think most of yall understand coon hunting. If you dont know anything about it keep your mouth shut! Racoons get in your trash,some have rabies, and guess what i have even seen them kill cats, so whos to say a racoon didnt kill that man cat. coon dogs are trained to chase racoons not cats, they do what they are trained to do. I dont care if you are hunting your own land and it's 100 square miles, YOU CANT HELP WHERE YOUR DOGS GO! dogs don't know what no trespassing is. Those dogs didnt diserve to die, and i know if they are hunting dogs they had the owners name and phone number on their coller. That man should of got a hold of the owners and told them to come get their dogs. I know my dogs are loved family members and any hunting dog takes a lot of money and time. So if that mans cat came onto my land and killed one of my pet rabbits do i have the right to kill it? I don't think i do, I hope justice is serived!!!!
  • by June Location: China, Texas on Feb 18, 2008 at 01:07 AM
    I guess most people don't realize how aggressive and nasty a raccoon really is. There is nothing wrong with hunting a coon. Why don't you try to pet that sweet, cute coon? All of us coon hunters would pay good money to see that. You would be greatly surprised how injured you would be from the cute little coon. Or how about try to run them away from the trash they are tearing up all over your yard. Anyone who complains about a dog attacking their cat who was outside, didn't actually own that cat at that point. Once it is outside free in the yard, it's a stray and fair game. You are just as much responsible for your pet being unleashed or unfenced as the hunter who's hounds ran too far ahead on a scent. You are completely wrong and a sick person for killing the hounds who are obviouslly collared and have owners. You probably killed thousands of dollars for those hunters and not to mention a real family member. A hound is such a huge part of their families. It's a very sad thing!
  • by DAKOTA Location: Georgia on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    to any body that it concerns, i am a young coon hunter in the good ole rebel state of georgia. and if you think that rednecks need to get a new hobby how bout we get our dogs and tree YOU! cause you know as you say theres no difference. well thats bull crap ive got time, money,and my heart tide up in those beautiful hounds in the back yard, you can call me a killer, a redneck, or a hillbilly. i dont care bout what you say because we was put on the earth by GOD, and we can do with it as we please if its all right with GOD. so kiss my coutry born, redneck to the bone ,ever lovin coon huntin butt
  • by Aimee Simmons Location: Port Orchard, WA on Aug 9, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    I don't know weather or not most of the posters here who have been bashing the dogs for killing that mans pets ever come back and read, but hunting dogs know what they hunt. They are trained to hunt specific animals. They are trained to seek those animals and ignore most other destractions. An unreasonably angry neighbor may blame this man's hunting dogs for the dissappearance of his cats, but then again. He may not have had cats... He may just hate this hunting neighbor. He may be liberal to the point where he thinks it is ok to take his personal and political views into his own hands and use the results as a means to martyr himself for his cause. We don't know enough about the incident to judge. This is why jurries are not allowed to hear anything about what they will be judgeing outside of the court. We are not all knowing. Dogs can't read.
  • by Carol Location: Niota, TN on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:02 PM
    I really hate this happen. And i don't think they should've been shot. But you have to get more of the story. Has this person complained to the hunters about the dog? Most coon hunters think they can go anywhere their dogs go. We have people coming on us all the time. There are signs all around saying NO HUNTING.
  • by s on Aug 8, 2007 at 09:30 PM
    there is alot of facts to this case that are not being told it is what greene done after he shot the dogs.
  • by anon2 Location: knox on Aug 8, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    I'm still waiting to see what the law says. The link below is TWRA's raccon dog training (at the bottom of the link) and says. "permitted year-round on private lands." "a hunting license is required while training" But where's the info that says that dogs are free to roam while in training?
  • by Doug Location: Seymour on Aug 8, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    Interesting isn't it? People are sooo concerned about the racoons. How poorly educated they are - those who find fault with coon hunting. Coon hunting does a great service to the community. Since racoons are carriers of RABIES - coon hunters are thinning out the coon population and thereby reducing the potential of infected coons infecting their neighbors' critters. There is a great deal of time spent to train a dog to run coons. There are competitions between clubs, shows to compete in, even AKC and UKC dog shows to compete in. I would suppose that, if one follows some people's train of thought, the poodle that chases a cat needs to be shot on site as well. These 'transplants' need to learn what being neighborly means. If I find someon'e dog on my property, I don't shoot it - I ry to coax it to me so I can see if it has a collar and tags. The rabies tag has an ID NUMBER - and most 'country dogs' have at least a tag with a phone number (city folk haven't gotten that smart yet).
  • by KKT on Aug 6, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    poor 'hunters' got what they'd been dishing out. blah.
  • by anonymous Location: Knoxville on Aug 6, 2007 at 05:03 PM
    I was raised around some of the best hunters in the southeastern U.S. First, a dog will only run a coon to the first tree. The coon will stay there until one of two things happen; 1. The hunter shoots the coon out of the tree , so the dogs can attack. 2. Or the hunter and the dogs leave. Most hunters really don't want their prize dogs tangling with a grown coon. I have seen many single dogs get very far with a mature coon. As to harming my pets or family, I give them about as much of a chance as the hunters give the coons.
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