Family Loses Beloved Pet When It's Attacked By Big Dog

GERMANTOWN, tenn (localmemphis.com - An 11-year-old chihuahua is attacked and killed by a dog on the loose.

Now a Germantown couple is accusing police and animal control officers of not doing their jobs and trying to sweep the incident under the rug.

The owners of  Daisy have a lot of questions. Police quickly closed the case just a day after meeting with the family. They say animal control told them there was nothing they could do.

" It's horrible it's horrible," said Ann Barnett,  "Last month a neighbor's large dog came onto the Barnett's Germantown property and attacked her. " We had to put her down because she had five broken ribs, she had a punctured lung, and the inside of her was all torn up."

Despite laws on the books regarding dog bites and how potentially dangerous dogs are supposed to be handled, nothing happened to the owners of the dog who attacked daisy. 

The Barnetts say the investigator assigned to the case made a big deal about the dog's owner being a local fireman.

"He's just like it's a fireman well he's still a person does it matter if he is a fireman or not?" said Barnett.

With no help from Germantown police, they went to animal control. Germantown law allows animal control officers to issue citations, but the couple says the shelter director told them this.

"She said it kind of falls on the police officers to make the decision with what to do and what action to take, " said Ryan Barnett, dog owner.

"Every single step goes against Germantown law. So the police didn't follow the law. The animal shelter didn't follow the law," said Cindy Sanders, animal advocate.

Sander's is well versed in animal related laws in Tennessee and Germantown. She says the owner of the attack dog should have been cited.

"Germantown law clearly says that a judge makes the determination on a dangerous dog and a dangerous dog is defined as a dog that serious bites a person or another animal.," said Sanders.

No one with Germantown police would do an interview, however, an email says, Daisy's owners declined to pursue the matter in court. Not true says the Barnett's

"I feel like they were just trying to brush it right down under the carpet," said Ann Barnett.

The firefighter didn't want to talk to us. We're told his dog was euthanized. 

That being said had the case gone to court and the dog declared dangerous by a judge, according to state law, the Barnett's would have had an easier time being compensated for their loss.

 


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