RURAL HALL, NC -- A video you have to see to believe.
Two pit bulls go into a Triad neighbor's yard, grab his dog by the head and start dragging.
“One dog had his entire mouth…my dog's head, he had it in his mouth and he was dragging him across the yard as you can see on the video,” Gerald Kirkland said.
His home security camera, captured the entire attack.
It happened right after the homeowner let his dogs out to do their business.
“I went into combat mode, as you would say. And I did whatever I had to do to protect my property,” the retired veteran said.
Kirkland fired a few shots to scare the pit bulls into letting go of Chingy, the 10-year-old Shih Tzu., but that didn't work.
It took about nine bullets before they did.
Chingy suffered deep gashes and cuts and had to get more than 14 stitches on its head, body and neck.
The pit bulls were also injured, but all three dogs are OK.
The dogs are back to roaming the neighbor’s yard.
Kirkland is now wondering why Forsyth County Animal Control didn’t remove the pit bulls after the attacks.
“What we're afraid of is that they're going to attack one of our grandkids because we have grandkids out in the backyard playing,” Kirkland said. “What we're trying to deal with now is animal control responding correctly and to be able to remove the dogs off the property.”
2 Wants 2 Know found taking dogs away from an owner is a bit complicated.
Investigative reporter Faith Abubey talked to a lieutenant with Forsyth County Animal Control and he seems to understand the homeowner's frustration.
But, he says, local and state ordinances have their hands tied.
They can't just go and remove someone's dogs, even after an attack.
The dogs in this case didn't kill or inflict “severe injury” to a human being.
That would designate those dogs as “dangerous" under state law.
The dogs that attacked Chingy are now labeled "potentially dangerous,” meaning they attacked a pet or person causing broken bones, deep cuts or killed a pet on someone else' property.
If they attack again, then they would become “dangerous” under state statute and animal control could start the process to remove them or force the owner to get a $100,000 insurance for the dogs – covered under her homeowner’s policy.
Removing a dog is a process.
There are so many regulations and requirements.
For now, the owner of the dogs that attacked Chingy has been cited for her dogs being vicious, running at-large, registration issues and out-of-date rabies vaccinations.
That's $50 for each offense.
Animal control has asked her to keep them inside the house, inside a chain-linked kennel or if they are outside, on a leash.
Right now, though, the pit bulls are still walking around the yard next door to Kirkland’s property.
That’s because the homeowner has appealed the order by animal control which means she doesn't have to comply until she's found guilty at a hearing.
It’s worth noting, animal control and state law can only do so much so you might have to take steps to protect your own family and pets by building a fence around your property.
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