Pit Bulls Kill Kitty Hawk Lab, Now Lab Owner Wants Dare County Laws Changed

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

If you recall back on January 19th Kent’s dog, Jazz, was mauled by two Pit Bulls, now almost two months later Kent hasn't forgotten about the attack and he doesn't want us to either.

"You just picture her running into that room, maybe she though they were coming into play with her, maybe she was running for her life, I don't know which."

The Pit Bulls allegedly followed Jazz through her doggie door and killed her in the Kent’s basement. Kent made the gruesome discovery; the Pit Bulls were still standing over Jazz’s body.

Kent's anger was originally fueled by the fact, the Pit Bulls were released to their owner, Nikki Canady right after the attack because North Carolina laws didn't allow authorities to keep the animals if their owner was demanding them back. Kent went straight to local officials with his concern. While he doesn’t think there should be a complete ban on the breed he wants people to realize these dogs can be extremely dangerous and now says, "Some things have changed, once police pick up an animal, they can now hold it. That's a good change, since when my wife found out they were released, I thought my wife was going to have a nervous breakdown."

But Kent thinks more needs to be done.

"At the end of the day I believe it's about the owners, there are responsible owners and irresponsible owners."

On Tuesday Kent will meet Nikki Canady for the first time, the Pit Bull owner who eventually handed her two dogs over to animal control to be put down. He's worried all Canady is going to get is a slap on the wrist and wants the district attorney to make sure dog owners are held accountable for their pets.

"Making people register with the county, make them maintain a level of insurance."

Kent hopes these changes are made so that something good will come of this bad situation and Jazz will not die in vain.

WITN has tried to get in touch with Nikki Canady several times but has been unable to do so. We did speak to her father, Steve Canady who told us his daughter was not home at the time of the attack and that her roommates let the Pit Bulls out. Canady also said his daughter is prepared to take responsibility for what happened and wanted to apologize to the Kents but was told by police not to do so because of the controversy surrounding the attack.

No matter what happens in the end the Kents have been traumatized by the event and have decided to hire a real estate agent and would like to move to the mountains.

Coming up on WITN News at 6pm WITN News Reporter Natalie Kaplan will sit down with multiple Pit Bull owners in Dare County to hear what they have to say about a possible ban on the breed and whether they think their pets are as dangerous as so many think.


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  • by Carlloe Location: c on Mar 31, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    Look at http://www.dogsbite.org Pit bulls ARE different from other breeds! They have problems that other dogs don't have, which is why pit bulls are NUMBER ONE for killing and mauling people. But the dog fighters and selfish dog breeders and their lobbies don't want regulation to interfere with the money they get from pit bulls. Hence all the pro-pit bull propaganda.
  • by Henry Location: outer banks on Mar 31, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    So if we ban that which we dont like then I guess that intelligence is no longer working in the human world. I am a dog owner and certainly feel the pain for the loss of the Kents so instead of trying to improve lets punish and do bad things thus be like the two pitt bulls. We should educate and improve not condem and confuse it is better to get smarter than to act stupid. Truly things will happen that are beyond mans controll who do we blame for the loss of so many animals that are now extinct and will no longer be avaliable who do we blame for mans lack of understanding,,, the dogs I think not we need to grow up and work together to get smarter. The animals look to us for guidance not the other way around.
  • by Lil Location: Aulander on Mar 31, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    I agree, pits should be "banned." I heard that Canada did this, too. Our experience happened the day after Isabelle hurricane hit. Right behind our house my neighbor's pit bull had my (beagle & collie mixed) by the throat, my brother was kicking the pit repeatedly; I was pulling on the pits' collar to pull him off my dog and yelling "Mike get the gun, Mike get the gun..."; and my daughter holding her crying daughter was yelling "Dad, Dad, ....". My husband, who was in the back of the house, came out with the 22 rifle, told us to move out of the way try to shoot and the rifle jammed. Darn, I'm thinking my dog is already dead, what's the use. My husband shoot the pit twice and lets my dog go. The pit goes home and comes back and sits in our driveway. Then a shot to the pits' head puts him down. My dog had four punctured holes and a lot of blood around the neck, and wasn't able to bark for three days. The owner of this pit was okay with all this, he said he would had done the same.
  • by knowitall Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 27, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    I've been following this story since it happened, seeing as I live nearby, and now reading the comments here in the eastern nc section. Pits AND irresponsible pet owners should be "banned". Especially around ECU, where way to many kids fresh out of home get dogs that they think are "cool" (which really aren't) although they have no idea now to raise and train them. But no matter where, or who, pits definitely need to be let go, I don't advocate outright killing all of them on the spot, there are a few decent ones out there, but they need to all be spayed or neutered, and no more allowed to be bred. Can we do that with stupid irresponsible people, too? That would be great. I propose a licensing procedure wherein anyone who wants to own a dog must be licensed by me, and will have to pass a very thorough test of their skills and knowledge of dog ownership and handling skills.
  • by pittowner Location: jax on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    Of course not James, nor do you hear on the news that a pitt saved a child from a bear or a wild animal, or saved a family from a potetially life threatening break in. You dont hear those story's because its "news worthy" when you hear about pitt bulls, its they attacked a person or another animal....The ignorance on here is a typical thing, where people speak about what they dont know. But its their right to be ignorant i suppose, i have 2 pitts, and my parents have a poodle and that lil s.o.b has bitten people and is mean!!! but most people are sucked into the media crap and belive it. I wonder if ya'll have ever heard "dont judge a book by its cover" Owners are responsible not the animal....dont punish them.
  • by James Location: OBX on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    A few weeks ago when we had that real nice weekend with temp's in the upper 60's, lower 70's. I was out on the beach relaxing and fishing. There was a good number of people on the beach letting their dogs run free with no leashes. A few had their dogs on the leash but not many. There was this one guy who had a pit bull and had him leased. He stopped to talk fishing for a few minutes and the pit bull was really nice and friendly. As he was walking down the beach with his dog on leash. Another couple was walking with their lab that was not on a leash. The lab ran and jumped on the pit bull biting him. The guy managed to get the lab off his dog about the time the owners of the lab got their to restrain their lab. The pit was not seriously hurt but had some blood from the bite. The pit owner was mad and left the beach while the lab continued to roam free. I was surprised that at no time did i see any law enforcement on the beach making sure that the leash law was being followed.
  • by jo Location: greenville, nc on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    i agree with Kent that owners of pitt bulls should register these dogs. what happened to the Kents should NEVER have happened. that poor beautiful Jazz, killed & mauled in his own home. no excuse for those dogs having been out unleased. i own 2 dogs and i have no idea what i would do in this situation. i'd probably take the law in my own hands and really do some damage. dogs are the closest thing to Heaven in my book and they should be treated with love at all times! God bless the Kents - i hope they are successful in getting the law changed. i don't blame them for wanting to move.
  • by Bom Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    racheal ray has a pit bull, look at Doppler s Dog House home page. Pit Bulls are becoming more beloved for a reason, they are sweet and loving dogs. The owners who raise these dogs should be punished. Unfortunately for the dog, it has to be put to sleep because it has the game instinct unlocked now. It's sad to see the govt against such noble beasts.
  • by S Location: ENC on Mar 23, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    Thad,please spare us any more "yankee justice"...As the sign says,we DON'T CARE how you did it up North...most of us would be in heaven if only you Yanks would go back where you came from...and stop trying to tell us how to live....We natives did just fine with our dogs before you got here...I'm with Taz, the highway goes back up North,only wish more Yankees would use it.
  • by Taz Location: NC on Mar 23, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    Typical Yankee mentality..."must be some southern thing". It must be some northern thing for you Yanks to head south, become "guests" in our state (our home), and then insult us. If you have a problem with coming to a southern state where Pit-Bulls are allowed, then the highway that brought you here can take you back north. From what I've seen from being a native of the Outer Banks, Yanks have done more damage to our environment with their entitlement mentality and lack of respect towards the Outer Banks and its people. The way I see it, many Yanks are the beasts...in human disguise. So go back to New England before you inflict your own brand of hurt on people who don't deserve it. And your ignorance on the Pit-Bull topic certainly overshadows any intelligence or logic...guess that's how they breed 'em up north! No one is impressed with your Yankee attitude.
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