Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Map of most dangerous dogs -- akin to sex offender registry -- debuts in Tennessee


Last week, the Knox County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee unveiled its "dangerous dog map," which lists dogs that a judge has deemed dangerous. It's important to note that the map features only court-designated dangerous dogs, which are dogs cited by the court and found guilty of aggression, biting, or killing another animal. 
It works like an online sex-offender registry. The map shows not only where the dogs live, but also what they did and what they look like. 
"We felt responsible to tell the public about dogs that were classified as dangerous," Knox County Sheriff's Office Capt. Robert Hubbs told
He says that many times owners don't comply with court orders -- some allow their dogs to run free despite a judge's instructions to keep the dog leashed. That, he claims, puts neighbors in danger. 
"It's not just about that dog and that individual. It extends to the kids in the neighborhood and other animals. Bottom line, we don't want anyone else bit. We don't want anyone else's animal killed," he said.
Knox County is a relatively small area, and only about a dozen dogs are on the map. But already it has become controversial. 
Vernita Law says her Boxer, Sassy, shouldn't be on the list. She says her dog has been wrongly accused and didn't bite anyone. Here's Sassy's profile: 

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