2 pit bulls break through fence, kill homeowner's dog
Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Clarksville Animal Control is investigating an incident in which two pit bulls killed a neighbor's small dog.
According to an incident report from August 29, the two-year-old pit bulls broke through a six foot privacy fence before attacking and killing a King Charles spaniel that was outside playing as its owner watched.
"City police officers are the ones that charged the animals' owner. They're taking it to court," Clarksville-Montgomery County Animal Control Director Tim Clifton said. "We are doing our own investigation whether they should be put on the dangerous dog list."
According to the city's animal control policy, dangerous dogs are defined as "any dog that causes a serious injury to a person or domestic animal."
The policy also lists exceptions including if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who was provoking, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or who can be shown to have repeatedly, in the past, provoked, tormented, abused or assaulted the dog.
It does not specify if the provocation could be from another dog.
"There may be a reason the dog did it, so that's what we're looking into in the investigation," Clifton explained. "We don't know why it happened."
The owners of the spaniel said their dog was just playing in their backyard which joins the property line of the pit bulls' home.
The owner of the pit bulls told News 2 she had let them out into the fenced in area to use the bathroom.
She added her dogs had never shown any aggression before.
"They've never come across another dog in our yard or out taking them for a walk," she said. "Never been aggressive or anything."
She also said she felt terrible for the next door neighbor's loss.
If animal control determines the pit bulls are "dangerous dogs," they could be impounded until the owner meets requirements, which includes having up-to-date rabies vaccination, among other regulations.
"We're still investigating," said Clifton. "So I can't say too much more about it, but we are investigating it and we are doing what we can."
The owner of the spaniel, Joshua Davis, told News 2 he filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the owners of the pit bulls.