Deeming animals dangerous: A look at the procedures

Deeming animals dangerous: A look at the procedures

Tyler (KYTX) -- Following the case of a woman recovering from a pit bull attack, we're taking a closer look at procedures in place to keep dangerous animal off the streets.

It wasn't easy for Britany Lowdermilk, a mother of two, to relive what happened September 19th, the morning she dialed 911.

"I was walking to get my mail and 3 pit bulls attacked me and my dog," Lowdermilk told a 911 dispatcher.

We saw the aftermath of that attack, bites on her arm and hand. What followed is Animal Control picking up the 3 pit bulls.

"They were off the property at the time of the bite, so all 3 were quarantined at a vet's office," Brenda Elrod, Environmental Health Director at NET Health, said. 

But after 10 days, with rabies ruled out and vaccinations current, the dogs were released. They are given, like humans, due process.

"Someone has to make the cry that they think the dog is dangerous based on their personal knowledge, it can't be heresay," Elrod said.

She explains there are leash laws in the city of Tyler, but not outside, in the county.

"In the county we don't really have a leash law unless the neighborhood adopts a leash law," Elrod said.

To get an animal deemed dangerous takes some work. Once a complaint is filed it could wind up in court for a judge to decide.

That's what Lowdermilk hopes to do.

The Smith County Sheriff's office reports the case is still under investigation.


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