Tara Cannon was walking with her son and dog "Nilla" through Steele Creek Park when a large dog came out of nowhere and went straight for Nilla. She picked her son up but it was too late for her 22-pound pet. It bit her a couple of times and then just had her by the back leg and would not let go.
The dog's owner had not been holding on to its leash. They pulled on its collar but it would not release Nilla and she was screaming and crying. When it finally let go and ran off, the owner went running after it leaving what she said was her name - CATHY HOWARD - but it is believed that this was a phony name.
Bristol Animal Control Officer Les Mitchell says the owner could be facing a fine for violating the Tennessee Leash Law. The dog could be labeled a dangerous animal and be taken away.
Cannon wants to file a civil suit because Nilla has a shattered femur and her hip is completely detached at the joint. Her vet bill has already reached $1,000. More risky surgery could make the bill over $3,000, so the vet has recommended amputation of the back leg.
Cannon says that Nilla has become afraid and defensive around other dogs. Tara Cannon says that she can no longer trust walking in the park with her family - a place that should be safe.
"There are dogs everywhere," she said.