Pender County is looking at ways to strengthen it’s dog ordinances. Nothing was decided Monday, but upset pet owners spoke out about their beloved dogs getting viciously attacked or killed by “dangerous” neighborhood dogs.
“We’re trying to get a better, stronger animal control ordinance for our county,” said Debora Hobbs.
Hobbs and her daughter Krystal went in front of the Board of Commissioners to try to make that happen. Their dogs were attacked by pit bulls on three occasions, causing nearly $2,000 worth of damage.
Others in the crowd had similar stories, like Christine Parker’s Pekinese, Cahsa. “This German Shepard came and snatched him and ran with him and shook him, and that was the end of my baby doll.”
The new ordinances, once they’re established, would likely affect dogs that leave their property and attack another dog or human. They also discussed whether those rules would be implemented after the first or second strike.
Pender County Health Director Jack Griffith says there’s no simple solution. “I don’t think you can legislate this, I think you have to try to make the dog owners responsible and I think one way to do that as I suggested is to increase the fines when they do have a dog off the property and make it worth-while for them to understand they need to keep control of their animal.”
Hobbs said she isn’t happy with the current status. “Dr. Griffith is white-washing the situation. He tries to make out like we’re trying to change the stories up or whatever but our situation is we had three attacks by the same pit-bill, and our third attack was over $1,200 worth of damage.”
Hobbs says the solution is simple. “Ideal solution would be to have a really, really organized animal control ordinance and have it where the first time something happens, we as the citizens that pay their salaries know what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it and where we can feel a little more protected and not feel like it’s going to be a second, third, or fourth issue with these dogs.”
Commissioners decided the best solution as of now is to appoint a committee to come up with a way to make everyone happy.
Both Debora Hobbs and Dr. Griffith expressed interest in serving on the committee.