Tuesday, August 2, 2011
SHARPSBURG MD - 8-YR-OLD LABRADOR RETRIEVER KILLED BY 3 PIT BULLS
"The paw prints ... They were circling him," Porter said shortly after the attack. "The more a dog attacks, the more brazen they get. It's only a matter of time before they go after a human."
Porter admitted that Buddy was running loose the night he died, but said that doesn't take away the fact that the pit bulls killed his dog.
Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, said an animal-control officer followed dog tracks in the snow to determine that the pit bulls lived on property owned by Denesa Churchey, who resides at 4209 Mills Road.
When called for comment, Churchey referred questions to her Hagerstown attorney. A representative from his office said Thursday that he didn't want to comment for this story.
Miller said that although no one saw the attack, the dog tracks leading to the Churchey residence provided enough circumstantial evidence to conclude that the pit bulls were responsible for Buddy's death. As a result, Humane Society officials deemed the dogs vicious and dangerous using the guidelines of the Washington County Animal Control Ordinance.
Among other things, the ordinance states that vicious and dangerous dogs must be confined to a secured enclosure and cannot be let out unless they are leashed and muzzled.
One of the pit bulls was confiscated and is being held at the Humane Society at 13011 Maugansville Road, Miller said. The other two dogs must be locked in a kennel on the Churchey property.
Miller said Churchey is appealing to have the vicious and dangerous label lifted from the dogs.
Assistant Washington County Attorney Kirk C. Downey said he couldn't comment on the case, but the Washington County Attorney's Office would represent the county's interests.
He said a date for the appeal has not been set