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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