County warns of 'aggressive' pit bull dog in Lees Lake area

Commission chairman: citizens can 'take dog down if they feel threatened'

Fayette County officials are warning the public about a loose pit bull dog in the area of Lees Lake Road that is acting aggressively.

In a news release issued Friday afternoon, officials noted that a resident on Lees Lake was grilling out one evening and came face to face with a large pit bull standing next to his grill.

The resident, Charles Mitchell, said the dog's “mouth came open and he started towards me growling,” Mitchell was quoted as saying in the release. The county noted that Mitchell was thankful his grandchildren were not playing in the yard.

Commission Chairman Steve Brown said that residents have a right to defend themselves "including taking down a dog if they feel threatened."

In this case, deputies searched the area for the dog but were unable to find him, officials said. But deputies have previously had to shoot aggressive dogs. Brown recommends calling 911 the moment an aggressive dog is found running loose.

“We have seen an increase in the ownership of pit bulls and pit bull mixes over the last couple of years as the dogs have become status symbols with young men,” said Brown. “The problem is many of these young owners don’t know how to train a dog and aren’t fully aware of the lethal power the dogs can generate.”

The county government will be researching what other jurisdictions are doing to protect their citizens in similar circumstances, officials said.

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Dogs and Dog Parks

I was once at the dog park with a group of people a couple of years ago and witnessed Mr. Brown's Jack Russell Terrier go after a puppy and split it's paw open. Just sayin...isn't just pits that need to be banned from the dog park, there are plenty of clueless owners who should not be allowed to bring their dogs there who are NOT pits. What you need is some "dog park police", people who understand dog behavior who can supervise and kick out the idiots who shouldn't bring their dogs here.

That said, the humane society won't take in pits and the shelter has to put lots of them down, so as much as I don't believe in breed specific legislation and will never ever support it, it's a problem in Fayette County.

I am sure if you asked the shelter for breed history on bite cases, there are plenty of Goldens and Labs and Huskies in the mix with the pits who bite and attack.

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Bad owners make bad dogs

White married upper class college educated white collar owner of 2 Pitbulls here.

They are great dogs to good owners. Like any other dog, poor training and care can make them bad dogs.

Unfortunately, the problem of bad owners over the years is a mess that people like me are working hard to clean up. They are extremely lovable, friendly, and outgoing dogs that are put down at an alarming rate because of their negative reputation.

I did my part and recued two Pitbulls. Mine are wonderful dogs, that are responsibly cared for.

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Dog Training Classes-Fayette County Parks and Recreation

Said County Commissioner Steve Brown: “The problem is many of these young owners don’t know how to train a dog and aren’t fully aware of the lethal power the dogs can generate.”

For all those folks that need to train their dog, Fayette County Parks and Recreation actually offers indoor dog obedience training at the Kiwanis Park in Fayetteville. A new class starts this week!

DOG OBEDIENCE
Teach your dog to be a canine citizen through obedience training.
Day: Wednesdays
Date:March 27 - May 29 Course Code: 13141
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $85 per resident $127.50 per non-resident
Age: 10 & older
Location: Kiwanis Center

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County government research...

"The county government will be researching what other jurisdictions are doing to protect their citizens in similar circumstances, officials said."
We don't need the county government to "research" how to protect us. We are very capable handling our own protection.

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For the record

As someone who is on the Board of Directors at the Peachtree City Dog Park, three dogs have been banned from the park over the last four years, all pit bulls, all white young male owners. This has nothing to do with race.

With big dogs come big responsibilities. All you need do is watch the evening news and read a newspaper.

Here is a link demonstrating the point.

http://www.sheboygandaily.com/2013/03/06/14-month-old-boy-dies-after-pit...

The county government takes this very seriously.

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Pit Bulls and Black People

“We have seen an increase in the ownership of pit bulls and pit bull mixes over the last couple of years as the dogs have become status symbols with young men,” said Brown.

Translation: We have seen an increase in the number of black people over the last couple of years. The joys of diversity!

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Pit Bulls and White People

Why is the County Commission Chair who happens to be white and is not a law enforcement officer commenting on the pit bull issue - notice I did not say pit bull problem.

Or another question - why does The Citizen call Steve Brown on every story and get his stupid little sound bite?

I know he is your trained animal, but please Cal, John and others - give us a break. Ask Sally next time. Better yet ask Scott Bradshaw (he has dogs), ask Terry Garlock (he has cats, but he is not a sissy) or ask Oddo (nobody knows what he has).

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RWM, want a cat?

The cat doesn't like me and the feeling is at least mutual. I overcame my resistance to having a cat to satisfy my then 10-year-old's yearning for a kitty. All good deeds . . .

We also have a dog, again to please a daughter, and guess who got to walk the dog and beg him to poop like a damn fool? But he's a good dog, a good friend and has never met anyone he doesn't want to lick. Now his pooping is on his own in our so-called back yard, a slope down to the so-called lake (mudhole in my book) and he makes me mad when he runs off to explore, but he only does that when my wife lets him out instead of me because he knows with her there is no consequence.

All that said, the reason reporters don't ask me for sound bites is . . . I'm not a big shot and don't want to be. But be careful what you ask Scott, he just might tell you in no uncertain terms.

Terry Garlock