Troubleshooters: Pender woman doesn’t feel safe as a result of neighbor’s dogs
Charlotte Mahn is still recovering from a dog attack two weeks ago. While she was walking her dog around her Rocky Point neighborhood, she says a neighbor’s pit bull came after her.
“She actually came out, and just flatly came across the street and Charlotte Mahn is still recovering attacked… my pants leg was completely drenched with blood at the time,” Charlotte said.
Charlotte said the same dog has attacked at least two people, and she can’t understand why it’s still sitting in her neighbor’s yard.
She says another pit bull living next door to her has also been on the attack, killing tw neighborhood animals and injuring a third in the past month.
Despite multiple calls to Pender County Animal Control, Charlotte says it’s been taking far too long to fix the problem.
“I just feel helpless, and like, ok, I’m obviously not safe in my own neighborhood anymore, but it kind of makes me wonder, what is animal control thinking?”
We made a trip to animal control to find out. The animal control supervisor is on leave for five or six weeks, but we did talk to the shelter manager.
“I never relate to a case that I don’t investigate, and that was investigated by a different officer,” said Darlene Clewis.
Clewis stays busy juggling her duties at the animal shelter. The county just took over housing the animals when the Topsail Humane Society recently closed its shelter.
There are only two shelter attendants and two animal control officers on staff who get called out at all hours of the night, on top of their daily responsibilities.
The computer system for tracking complaints and nuisance animals is less than optimal, and things seem to be falling through the cracks.
Darlene says the only person who has a master list of dangerous dogs is a supervisor out on sick leave, and if reports were taken when Charlotte was attacked in her neighborhood, Darlene couldn’t find it in the system when we were there
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