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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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