UPDATE: Blount pit bull attack on officer

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

BLOUNT COUNTY (WVLT) – Details were still emerging on Friday, one day after a pair of pit bulls attacked an animal control officer in Blount County.

Deborah Dyer said she bought her dogs for protection, but admitted she knew why the officer paid a visit to her home.

She also claimed she helped get the dogs off the officer, even though another eye witness said that was not the case.

"From my heart, my dogs are not bad dogs,” Dyer said. “They were just protecting me."

After the attack, Dyer spent a few hours being processed at the Blount County Jail and was eventually charged with reckless endangerment.

While there, she said her home was burglarized and it appeared someone had cut themselves on her window.

"There was blood all in my bed so I just threw a sheet on my bed and that's how I slept, with one eye open,” she said.

Dyer’s two pit bulls were picked up for attacking Maryville animal control officer Kenneth Crowder, who was checking on the canines who attacks a 15 year old just two weeks before.

"The dog catcher had come out to pick my dogs up so they could put them to sleep," she said.

According to an eyewitness, a dog rushed Crowder when he went to the door.

“I saw him fall backwards,” said neighbor Lori Lewis. “The dog started to attack him and he was screaming.”

Dyer said that's when she stepped in.

"She was biting him and I was hitting her in the head with my left hand," the owner said.

Dyer claims she broke some fingers while defending Officer Crowder, but her neighbor disputed that.

"It didn't appear that she was making any attempt to help the officer,” said Lewis, who then called her father-in-law for help.

He showed up several minutes later.

"When she saw my father-in-law crossing the street with a gun, ready to shoot those dogs, I think that's when she retrieved the dogs off the officer," Lewis said.

Officer Crowder was back at the doctor’s office on Friday to continue tending to his wounds.

Dyer is expected to go to court on her charges before the end of February.

Her boyfriend was in court on Friday to face charges that the dogs mauled a neighbor's dog in late December.

His charges were upgraded from county ordinance to state charges and he's due back in court in April.

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  • by Aunt Sue Location: Las vegas on Feb 26, 2008 at 09:44 PM
    Jennifer KILLED NOV.12...NO CHARGES FILED. KNOXVILLE~8 YR Girl ATTACKED Jan. 2008~ROTTWILER...NO CHARGES FILED SEIVERVILLE~Man ATTACKED Feb. 2008... ~DOBERMAN~NO CHARGES FILED MARYVILLE~Man ATTACKED~2 PIT BULLS...NO CHARGES FILED. MARYVILLE~OFFICER with a BADGE ATTACKED...DOG OWNER GOES TO JAIL! SHOULD WE ALL GO DOWN AND GET ........... DEPUTIZED? THIS IS BULL! What makes his life more valuable? A BADGE? GOD HELP TENNESSEANS! Thank GOD we live in Vegas ... away from the media...I still have not told Jennifer's Mother about this. How can I look her in the eye and tell her? Any ideas I would love to hear them. This is just a slap in her face, Jennifer's and ALL the VICTIMS! I hope this man recovers and gets good mental & physical therapy ... but this is not right! A L L HUMANS DESERVE PROTECTION! www.myspace.com/jenniferlowefoundation Aunt Sue
  • by TNRD Location: Knoxville on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:51 AM
    Officer Crowder, Wishing you a speedy recovery with thanks for doing a job that many others are unable to do.
  • by john Location: crossville on Feb 25, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    we would have to wear armor to ring a door bell if everyone had a good pitbull
  • by Lulu Location: TN on Feb 25, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    I've said it before when I've read about these situations and I will say it again- It's in a Pits bloodlines to be VERY AGGRESSIVE! Just like it's in a hounds blood to track and a labs blood to retrieve! If a pit feels threatened, I don't care how well it's been raised or how well tempered it is with the 3 children it lives with...IT WILL ATTACK!! This is just another example of careless animal ownership.
  • by Doris Seymore on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    I think that the dogs should be put down. If that was a human they would have to serve life. People train the dogs to do that.
  • by Larry on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    Your talking about the same officer that opened the gate with the sign that said "the dog will bite friend or not, please knock so we can put him up"? Cause it sounds to me like the officer is as much to blame as anyone else..... Someone needs to teach these officers to read or something, wasn't it just 3 months ago or so that another dog bit an officer even though they had beware of the dog signs posted also?
  • by David Location: TN on Feb 24, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    RE: the officer shooting the animals. True he should have shot them in self-defense. However, we have sen the uproar created when an officer shots a dog. Most departments do want the bad publicity. Remember, what happens in those few seconds when an officer is faced with an attack is based on what the oficer thinks is going to happen controled by what he is trained or told to do.
  • by crystal Location: strunk kentucky on Feb 24, 2008 at 05:59 PM
    O.K. yes it is very unfortunate that this has happened. But in the defense of the animals i must say that just because it is a pit bull does not make it dangerous. The owners of these dogs raise them these ways. I have children and 3 loving pit bulls. These dogs would not harm anything. They are not raised to be so called guard dogs. They are beautiful family pets who get a bad wrsp because of the dact that they are a lot of stupid people out there that think thewy need to make their dogs mean or protective. If you cant be a responsib;e person then you dont need any animals. And yes i do agree that the dogs should be pout down if they have turned on people but for god sakes people please dont just be against pit bulls, i have personallt seen black labs and german shepherds more vicious. My prayers are with the animal control officer and the lady should have the dogs turned on herself for irresponsibility.
  • by KRAZE Location: TN on Feb 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM
  • by evelina Location: tazewell on Feb 23, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    its a dang shame, that this has happened this woman should have to clean dog pens for the rest of her life. dogs and people are so similiar this is sick. i hope the officer is ok .
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