MOSS LAKE, CLEVELAND COUNTY NC - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ESCAPED ITS FENCE AND ATTACKED GWEN CAROTHERS AND HER 3 SMALL DOGS IN HER YARD...SHE SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK TRYING TO SAVE HER PETS...THE HEALTH DEPT DID NOT FOLLOW PROTOCOL AND PUT THE LAND SHARK DOWN...IT WAS GIVEN TO A RESCUE AND MAY BE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD IN CALIFORNIA!!!!!
A local family is upset that a dog that killed their family pet was handed over to a rescue group rather than being put to sleep.
Gwen Carothers took her three dogs, Cooper, Harley and Tucker, outside her home on Harmon Homestead Drive near Moss Lake on July 13. The neighbor’s PIT BULL escaped a fenced yard that borders Carothers’ property and killed the Chihuahua, Cooper.
Carothers tried to intervene, but suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital.
The pit bull was reported to Animal Control a year prior to the recent attack. It has since been deemed a dangerous dog. The classification requires the dog be kept in a locked kennel on a concrete slab. The dog’s owner is also required to carry a minimum $100,000 liability insurance policy on the dog.
When a pet owner cannot comply, the animal is supposed to be signed over to Animal Control and put down. Instead of following that protocol, officials at the Health Department, which oversees Animal Control, allowed the dog to be rescued at the pit bull owner’s request.
Carother’s daughter, Amanda Flynn, said she and her mother want answers.
“Why was this allowed to happen?” Flynn asked.
Health Department spokeswoman DeShay Oliver has said that Health Director Dorothea Wyant made the decision and declined to go into further detail, nor would she provide the report associated with the attack.
“Due to the legal nature of this incident, we have been advised not to release any further information regarding this case without review from our county attorney,” Oliver said.
Oliver also said the attorney is out of town. Flynn said someone with Animal Control shared some information, but none to her liking.
“The dog was returned to the owner, who was to take it to Charlotte and then it would be taken to a rescue in California,” Flynn said. “I’m furious right now.”
Flynn was told by a member of Animal Control that the dog was taken to California, but the name of the rescue facility was not made available to her. Flynn also said she requested the reports for the two times the dog was reported, but was told it was in the hands of the county attorney and not available.
In addition to the emotional stress of the violent attack, Carothers has not physically recovered. She was back in the hospital Friday because the rhythm of her heart was abnormal.
The family hopes the procedure Friday helps her regain some heart function, which went from 55 to 35 percent since the incident, Flynn said. If the treatment does not work, doctors will have to look at other options.
While Carothers focuses on getting well, her family still wants a response from health officials.
“We just want Cleveland County to get honest,” Randy Carothers said.