Jackson Co. sheriff explains dog ordinances after deadly attack

Sheriff Chuck Phillips told WAAY 31 aggressive dog ordinances are in place in Jackson County to stop attacks like the one that happened on Thursday from happening.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 5:53 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 6:41 PM

A dog attack left a 24-year-old woman dead, and the future of those dogs is still up in the air.

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Sheriff Chuck Phillips told WAAY 31 they don't have leash laws in Jackson County, but they do have aggressive dog ordinances.

"I've been here 36 years, and this is the first time I've known anything like this happening that someone was killed," Sheriff Phillips says.

Sheriff Chuck Phillips told WAAY 31 aggressive dog ordinances are in place in Jackson County to stop attacks like the one that happened on Thursday from happening.

"It's a decision that has to be made by the judge before they are deemed aggressive or not," the sheriff says.

The sheriff says if they receive calls about an animal's behavior, the county is able to remove the dogs from their home and investigate the situation.

However, the sheriff says they have never received any calls about the five dogs involved in Thursday's attack.

"We don't know why they were being aggressive today," Sheriff Phillips says.

The sheriff says he thinks the ordinances need to be reexamined.

"Everybody is responsible for their animals, even though there is no leash law," the sheriff said. "The owner of the animal is responsible for it's behavior and that's something the commission may need to look a little further in to."

The sheriff's office is still investigating what happened leading up to the attack, and Sheriff Chuck Phillips told WAAY 31 the dogs' owner could face negligent homicide charges.

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