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.



Previous Story:

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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  • by Jessica Location: Charlotte, NC on Nov 14, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Hy heart goes out to Jazz's family. He is in heaven doing everything that he enjyed most! My cat of 9 yrs, Sophia was killed by a pitbull saturday. She was so perfect - my little girl. The neighbors were dog sitting the pitbull when it jumped the fence and attacked my cat. I know the neighbors were give a $1K citiation, but we are pursueing charges against the owner and hope to have the dog put down. I have no compassion for pitbulls. True some are worse than others, but they are still pitbulls!
  • by Mary Location: Ahoskie, NC on Dec 31, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    It's really pathetic that people are so ignorant. Pitbulls are great dogs if they are raised right but they're no different than any other dog.Before you throw stones maybe you should learn a little about the breed first, maybe then you won't look so stupid. Brian, you are completely right...too bad everyone else up here isn't that smart.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    Would it not be great if we all were this concerned when another human, dog or whatever, takes the life of another HUMAN?
  • by gev Location: Apex on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    This is classic behavior for Pitt Bulls, seems every day I read somewhere of similar instances like this happening.It's time more strict laws were enacted!
  • by Brian Location: Creswell, OR on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    its easy to judge a breed from the news but if people did their research they would find a much different image of the pitbulls they are great dogs if trained well i wouldnt own anything else other then pitbulls they are great family dogs they really are they are great around kids and other dogs and cats if properly introduced. Bella my dog wouldnt bit anyone probably lick an intruder to death before she would bit. she is a gentle giant that only thinks play.
  • by Tina Location: Pink Hill on Feb 16, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    Some people have a misconception on Pit Bulls, all pits are not bad dogs.It all depends on the way they have been raised. We have three loving and gentle pits and before we sell our pups we check out the homes they are going into,if we have any doubts on the people our pups dont go. I have a 10 year old daughter that has taught our male pit how to dance, she goes out there every afternoon,claps her hands and he jumps up on 2 legs while she holds his front paws and they dance! But again they have been raised in a loving enviornment. We should not jump to any conclussions when we hear the words Pit Bulls, we should not punish the breed just the deeds.
  • by OBX Location: Outer Banks on Feb 7, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    The kent family has my support plus a million of others. This story has reached Germany and other countries. I even e-mailed Bill O'reilly fox news to try to help the Kent family pass this law. Who knows if it will even get that far in the news. Just trying to help the Kent family. I know if it was my Dog I would want all the help I could get. My prayers are with the Kent family.
  • by Anon Location: here on Feb 4, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Well said, Lauren, I wholeheartedly agree.
  • by Lauren on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    Once again, it's not the breed. I've met aggressive beagles, cocker spaniels, dalmatians, boxers, german shepherds, rat dogs, and the list goes on. It's all in how you discipline your dog. No one ever thinks of breeds other than historical guard dogs as aggressive just because other breeds don't look as intimidating as these. If you raise a dog and don't discipline it, or discipline it by beating it, yes you have a dangerous animal on your hands no matter what the breed. My pit is sweet to people and dogs and cats. But I've owned a golden, a doberman, and a chinese crested, all of whom could have been aggressive if not properly trained. Legislation should be directed toward owners, not breeds, but i also agree that perhaps people seeking "historically aggressive" breeds should undergo more strenuous litigation. You should all look into breed attacks in the us, then research the demographic of typical owners, it will explain a lot.
  • by Maria Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    By the way...Linda i think you are totally wrong if it were for that they should pass a ban to ban irresponsable people to reproduce...that would be great! and to people that are saying pits should be killed...yeah then rottweilers, german shepards and doberman should be euthanized and banned...Also lions and tigers and any animal that has teeth to defend themselve will attack on the neck...its animal instinct. Plus pitbulls are great with kids when in a healthy enviroment! I own a pitbull that lives with two kids and we have been visited by toddlers that have pulled his tail,hears and riden him because of his size! And my dog has bitten anyone ever! Fact:Despite what some people believe, pit bulls actually make great pets for families. In tests done by the American Temperament Test Society, pit bulls were generally less aggressive when faced with confrontational situations that produced negative reactions out of many other stereotypically "friendly" dog breeds, such as beagles and poodles.
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