Tracking Dangerous Dogs In Pitt County

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a dangerous dog law similar to the ordinance on the books in Pitt County.

Pitt County's ordinance has been in effect for a little over a year. Pitt County Animal Control officer Michele Whaley says they've investigated 30 cases this year. Nine dogs have been declared dangerous, owners of six others turned them in to animal control, and there was insufficient evidence or complaints dropped in the remainder of the cases.

Whaley says the county ordinance, "Gives animal control a backup to do our jobs and to do our jobs safely for not just us but the citizens."

Dogs bite around four million Americans every year. National statistics show at least 30 breeds have attacked humans. The Centers for Disease Control lists the following as the most dangerous: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas.

Among other things, owners of dangerous dogs in Pitt County are required to purchase liability insurance. To read the entire ordinance and to preview what state lawmakers are considering, click on the related links below.


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  • by Carrie Location: Greenville on Mar 9, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    I think that ALL dogs should have to have a collar, leash, and or some other way to be contained. My dog was attacked in our own yard while he was tied to a tree by a neighbor walking her dog (not one of the listed breeds) without holding onto the leash. There are several other unsupervised and unleashed dogs in our neighborhood who have tried to attack my leashed dog while we were walking. I think it should be a law for all dogs to be supervised and/or contained safely to keep this kind of thing from happening to again to us or any other pet owners in Pitt County not just Greenville.
  • by rain Location: greenville,nc on Nov 16, 2007 at 06:30 PM
    I have a friend with two pit bulls and both are very kind and gentle dogs.This is not to say I want to own a pit bull but I do think that dogs are tempered and raised by the owners.If dogs are mistreated then any dog can be a vicious dog.My parents had most of the dogs on the vicious list and I never got bit from one of them.I would hate to think dogs are viewed as vicious b/c we the people trained them that way.Treat them with love and they give love back.
  • by tisha simmons Location: greenville on Nov 16, 2007 at 07:32 AM
    I feel that an dog is dangerous because if its owner. I live in an area where ther are alot of dogs on the loose without their leashes. Im now to afraid to go for walks with my children for fear of getting bitten. I feel all dogs are dangerous to an extent, but what do i know I have never been an dog owner. I do feel however, that all dogs should be on an leash regardless and that if they are one of the dangerous dogs listed or any dog they should be either in an fenced back yard or one of those cages.
  • by Brad Location: Winterville on Nov 16, 2007 at 04:40 AM
    Many breeds of dogs(hunting dogs, house dogs,herding dogs, etc..)lack attention or are mistreated by their owners. Why is it these dogs don't attack with the intent to KILL like the ones listed as dangerous? If and when they do,the media sure doesn't hesitate reporting the story, so you can't use that excuse. Make all the excuses you want to try and defend your position. The scientific fact is: IT IS IN THEIR BLOOD (GENES)!!!!!
  • by Mary Location: North Ridgeville Ohio on Nov 15, 2007 at 06:46 PM
    The CDC itself has said the stats cannot be used to identify dangerous dogs. They did not intend to identify the most dangerous dogs. The numbers for dogs that have a large population will OF COURSE be higher. 'Pit bulls' encompass several breeds, and this type of dog and mixes are the most popular. So of course the stats would be higher for them. This is a great example of misinterpreting statistics! Pit bulls, Rotties, Dobermans, etc... These are all wonderful breeds. I own Dobermans myself and can attest to their stability. The problems we see today with dog bites are all due to the owner. Either training it to behave dangerously, or not training it at all and letting it become dangerous, owners that are not responsible and are uneducated about dog behavior are at the root of every bite. Parents that are negligent are the other big problem. Stop the hysteria already!
  • by Jules Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    In my opinion all dogs have teeth and can bite, no matter what the breed. Granted most of the dog attacks you hear about are by the breeds listed as dangerous, but I think those breeds get a bad rap. I myself have 2 pit mixes that I rescued and know several people that own pits and rotties pure breed or mixes and you could not ask for more loyal, lovable family members and companions. I agree with Kathryn it is not the dogs, but instead it is the owners that have made them that way. The dogs will be the ones to suffer the consquences but the owners should be tagged as "Dangerous Irresponsible Owners"
  • by Sara Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    I have to agree with Kathryn. I think the dog owner is mostly to blame for the dog being dangerous....it's all in the way you raise the dog....show them love and they will show love in return.....chain them up and ignore them and see what happens....a dog needs love and attention and if you don't have the time for them, DON'T get one.
  • by Kathryn Location: Washington on Nov 15, 2007 at 01:36 PM
    I'm sorry but I have to say the only way Dogs become dangerous is from the owners. The abuse and starvation they go through. They aren't born dangerous.
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