Kitty Hawk Pit Bulls Euthanized After Killing Lab

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

Dare County Animal Control tells WITN they have euthanized two Pit Bulls from Kitty Hawk.

The dogs were accused of following a lab into a home last week and brutally killing her.

According to animal control the Pit Bulls owner, Nikki Canady, came in today, signed the dogs over to animal control and they were euthanized shortly after.

The lab's owners are now trying to get laws changed in North Carolina to better protect against dangerous dogs.

Kitty Hawk Family Wants Pit Bull Laws Changed

Last Monday Mark Kent walked into his basement to find his lab, Jazz dead. Two Pit Bulls had followed her in and brutally killed her. Right now the Pit Bulls are being held at the Dare County Animal Shelter but that wasn't always the case. They were initially released to the owner because under North Carolina Laws authorities couldn't legally hold them. Only after District Attorney Frank Parrish filed a motion to have the dogs seized again were they taken back into custody, now Kent wants the laws changed.

"The state laws that I've looked at completely fail to protect the public, they allow a dog to bite someone twice before anything can be done about it."

Mark tells WITN there's been an outpouring of support from the community. All week long he's been getting calls, people stopping by, residents have been posting signs in their yards saying, justice for Jazz, put them to sleep.

Kent says he knows there are a ton of dog owners out there that feel the same way he does and would do the same thing in his situation.

"there is pain, there is suffering, i suspect that pain will last for a while longer and that suffering will never go away."

We tried speaking to the Pit Bulls owner today, Nikki Canady, but when we went to her home the person who answered the door said Canady was busy and had no comment on the situation. We did get a hold of North Carolina Senate President Pro-Tem. Marc Basnight who says he's distressed by the situation and has created a legislative council to look into current laws and figure out if changes need to be made.

Updated story

WITN news has learned that the two pit bulls believed to have followed and killed a Labrador named Jazz on the Outer Banks are now back in the custody of Dare County Animal Control.

Dare County Animal Control director Denise Lambiotte tells WITN that the District Attorney got court approval Friday to hold the animals until a court hearing March 24.

Lambiotte also says owner Nikki Canady was cited with a leash law violation.

Kitty Hawk police said concern for children and other pets in the neighborhood prompted them to ask the D.A. for help impounding the dogs.

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It's a shocking and disturbing find for not only a pet owner but really anyone. A Kitty Hawk man came home to find two Pit Bulls in his home next to his Labrador Retriever they had mauled to death. Now, the Pit Bulls are back on the street.

Mark Kent says two pit bulls managed to get into his backyard, followed his Labrador, Jazz, into the house through a doggie door and then what happened next was an animal owner's worst nightmare.

"The floor, the doors, everything was in blood and the two Pit Bulls that killed my Jazz were still in there, police say they were sitting next to her body because they didn't want to leave their kill."

The Pit Bulls were taken away from Kent's home by Dare County Animal Control on Monday but since have been released. Kent says when he called officers to ask why, they said they legally couldn't keep them.

"There is no question is my mind or any sane person's mind that would see that scene and there would be no question in their minds these dogs should not be released, certainly not released where there are children and families around," Kent said.

Now Kent and his wife say they're on a mission to get local lawmakers to understand changes need to be made.

"These laws need to be revisited, rewritten, and they need to be enacted and enforced."

Dare County Animal Control told WITN they couldn't keep the dogs because there's no law in Dare County or the state that allows them to, if the owner insists on getting them back. Animal Control Director Denise Lambiotte says she spoke with the Pit Bulls owner several times, pleading with her to euthanize the animals but Lambiotte says the owner was not ready to do so and wanted to take them home. She did say she would possibly put them to sleep at a later date.

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