Thursday, April 19, 2018

OVERLAND PARK, JOHNSON COUNTY KS - ANIMAL UNCONTROL: A PIT BULL FROM OLATHE ATTACKS IN OVERLAND PARK BUT NOTHING CAN BE DONE EVEN THOUGH ITS THE SAME COUNTY! NEXT TIME THE WALKING TIME BOMB ATTACKS A LITTLE GIRL AND KILLED HER POMERANIAN... NOW WHAT?



An Overland Park family faces a dilemma after a dog they thought was friendly attacked their daughter and killed their Pomeranian.
The incident happened outside a home on West 153rd Street, but the dog and its owner live in Olathe. That's complicating things.
"We just assumed if you're in Johnson County, everything in Johnson County the rules apply, and that's not actually the case," Kristene Canady said.
Canady and her husband Sean were sitting outside of their Overland Park home when a familiar face walked by with his 3-year-old PIT BULL MIX. 
"What was most surprising is the dog was so docile and friendly at the beginning," Sean Canady said. "We've had several encounters with him, and I didn't expect that out of this particular dog."
He said it's like a light switch went off in the dog.
"I heard this blood-curdling scream. Like as a mom you just never get that out of your head," Kristene Canady said.
Kristene said the pit bull mix pounced onto their 6-year-old daughter and then attacked the family's 5-pound Pomeranian, Niko.
"As soon as he knocked her to the ground and Niko got loose, he latched onto Niko and just started doing the mauling shake," she said. "I mean Niko couldn't even yelp. It happened so fast."
Niko died a short time later. Their daughter suffered scratches and bruises to her neck and chest.
The Overland Park mom said it wasn't until after the attack they learned the dog had a history of violence.
"This dog living in Olathe but attacking in Overland Park tied the hands of animal control for Overland Park," she said. "Even though they work synonymously and have a great relationship, from what we understand, both police departments and animal control, the jurisdiction for the judge that would be hearing our case in Overland Park is limited of what he can require from the dog living in Olathe."
The pit bull was taken away and is in quarantine in Olathe. The dog's owner was cited for failure to confine, but the family hopes jurisdictional changes can be made so different cities can work more fluently when prosecuting a case such as this.
"If anything good comes from this awful situation is that could change to where it doesn't matter if you live across the street and you happen to be in Olathe or something happens conversely," she said. "Somehow that loophole needs to be fixed so that this other family doesn't end up in the same quandary."
In May, the pit bull will be in a dangerous/vicious dog hearing to determine its future.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, if someone from a neighboring town comes and robs your house, you can't do anything about it? I'm calling BS. They should treat it as a crime and sue civilly as well.

Anonymous said...

BULLSHIT! There's no way the jurisdiction is different FOR THE SAME COUNTY! The loophole is a ruse so that Animal Control does not have to do its job! I could spend 5 minutes on this and prove that there is no jurisdiction issue!

Kristene Canady should research this herself, and she'll find out that Animal Control has lied to her! Gee, I wonder if Animal Control is overrun with nutters? Sure smells like it to me!

A sweet little Pomeranian has been killed by a known dangerous pit bull, and our hands are tied, and we just can't do anything but wring our hands. So sorry... Love, Johnson County Animal Control

Animal Control is not a lawyer! They have no idea what they're talking about as far as jurisdiction!

Great, now I'm researching this!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I did a little research.

The incident happened in Overland Park, what difference does the residence of the pit bull make? None!

If I were Kristene, I would call a lawyer and let them sort it out!

https://www.opkansas.org/resident-resources/pet-information-and-regulations/animal-control/