"You've Got The Wrong Dog!" Case Continues

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Charles Lewis, the owner of the accused pitbull attended a hearing Monday to appeal Greenville Animal Control's decision last week to close its investigation in the January 16th attack on Gregory Robb's Shih Tzu. The Greenville Police Chief decided Monday afternoon to continue the investigation. Lewis says he's happy his dog lives to see another day.

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New information in the case of a five monthold pit bull that could be put down, despite his owners claim that his dog was crated and in his house when another dog was attacked.

Charles Lewis of Greenville tells WITN that Greenville Animal Control has closed its investigation into the dog attack that happened on January 16th, and still believes his dog is responsible.

Lewis has appealed and a hearing is now set for Monday.

Lewis says his five month-old pit bull was taken by animal control last Thursday after being accused in the attack. If his dog is found responsible -- Lewis would be forced to build a fence in his backyard, ship the dog out of state or euthanize it.

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The owner of a pit bull puppy says he's fighting to keep his dog from being put to sleep by Greenville Animal Control, after the dog was accused of attacking another dog.

Animal control knocked on the door of a Greenville home Wednesday -- searching for a dangerous pit bull.

Gregory Robb says his shih tzu was attacked by a black and white pitbull on January 16th.

Nearby neighbor, Charles Lewis, says his 5 month-old pit bull was taken by animal control last Thursday because Robb accused his dog of the attack.

Lewis says he keeps his dog in a crate and believes his next door neighbor with an older pit bull and similar markings was the real attacker. Lewis says animal control did not conduct a thorough investigation.

If the case is closed, Lewis says his dog will be put down on Thursday. Since January 22nd, Lewis has been paying 50 dollars a day just to keep his dog alive.


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  • by Randall Location: NEW MEXICO on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    ok, I have Pit bulls and Love them and so does ppl who meet them,they are great dogs with good owners.Everyone is quick to blame a pit bull but just like rots and dobermans and even other breeds such as hounds on so on it just a phase what about chows why dont all you who think you know about the breed look at the facts not what the media tells you to think you simple minded fools band guns and beer to cuz that kills more than anything a pit bull ever done pit bull on record have the least amount of incidents a year compared to any other breed fools do ya homework before you start assuming you asses! yea they make the news becuase simple minded ppl like yourselfs are sheep and easily convinced about wat some other sheep writes haha you ppl are dumb good luck with getting your dog back i hope all goes well Pit bulls are the best Dog give it a year or two and chows will be in the news next bah bah bah bah sheep!
  • by dogsr good Location: greenville on Mar 1, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    any updates on what happened with this case?
  • by Krys Location: oklahoma on Feb 8, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    I am having this same problem except there is not a record of attack. The neighbors are cliaming that our dogs were in there yard and "pinned" down their dog and "attacked" his wife. My dogs have NEVER attacked anyone and they are 4 years old. They have NEVER hurt another dog either. WE have strange ppl (water and gas co) that jumpp in and out of the yard and no problems... not to mention when animal control go there they were not even OUT of our yard but now we are facing $400 in fines and death for my two family pets. We have neighbor kids that jump on them and pull on them and never once had a complaint. Any sugesstions? This happened on Sat and I have to go to court on Wed. They dont even giv you time to prove your case!!! I am getting noterized letters from the other neighbors that say that they have never had a prob and maybe the vet? Any thoughts? My 6 yr old will be devistated he has had them as far as he can remember!
  • by DONTkillaDOG Location: greenville NC on Feb 6, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I was so glad to log on today to see that this dog is still alive. I am done arguing about people's insane biases. The dog is really all that matters in this case, so hopefully you guys can get over your biases and not buy into what others tell you to think. Hope I can log in later this week and see that this dog is back with its owner.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    and as always, blah blah, who cares, blah blah blah move on, blah blah whatever. Im sure there will be another PIT story next week.
  • by Ashleigh Location: Winterville on Feb 4, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    JC - ANY dog can be violent, can kill, or scare anybody! "It's just the way that breed is geared"--Not True! We have a very loving Pit...she would rather lick you and play with you...then to harm. She is 11 yrs old...and has NEVER showed aggression towards anyone..even visitors we have. Lets quit bashing the breed and get back to the topic at hand...Mr Robb's/Mr Lewis' dog attack. The story has changed, I bet they have had fights/words before...and this time...it was a convient blame. Let the animal control do their job...and perform a full investigation into the TRUTH of what happened.
  • by JC Location: Greenville NC on Feb 4, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    It's a pitbull, they should be outlawed. You hear so many cases where children are killed or scared for life because of the "Loving Family Pet"..yea right. It's just the way that breed is geared. People can talk about their loving dogs all they want, but a pit will turn on you in a second. I actually have cousin that is a Vet in Western NC and refuses to let a pit bull in his office even in an emergency situation. And my vet here in Greenville is the same way. They have a sign in the lobby NO PIT BULLS allowed. Now that says something if Vets have fear for their paitents and their owners.
  • by Realjustice Location: Greenville on Feb 4, 2009 at 03:05 AM
    I Love - I don't believe there are ANY laws in Greenville that are breed specific, if so I haven't seen them. I also don't believe Animal Control is only interested in putting this dog to sleep. Mr Lewis even stated he has other options, his problem is that he has not explored them. When its all said and done its not Animal Control that has condemed the dog but Mr Lewis. My comment about drug dealers and illegal activity was "usually". that didn't mean that every one that ownes one is a criminal. I know several people that own one, and yes they can (if raised properly) be great dogs. That being said, this breed of dog when it bites inflicts the most serious bit of any dog. "Most of the time" they are disfiguring, requiring surgery. Most "dogs" when they bite will release and bite again, leaving punctures and occasionally laccerations, a pitt bull when it bites, will rip the skin tissue and underlying musle tissue, due to locking on and thrashing their head.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:11 PM
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  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    Moderators.... how in the world did ... I LOVE.. get posted. I'm sure they are saying something but their post is to irritating to read. Lower case ... lower case ... you guys should have shut this post down...
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