Dangerous Dog Hearings Will Determine Fate of Three Lubbock Dogs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/19/07

Dangerous Dog Hearings Will Determine Fate of Three Lubbock Dogs

Thursday, three pet owners will learn the fate of their dogs.

At 1:00 p.m. three different dangerous dog hearings will be held in connection with three separate dog attacks.

The three dogs are all accused of the same crime. In separate incidents each dog allegedly attacked a person.

Out of the three attacks two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

One of those dogs allegedly attacked a postal carrier - sending him to the hospital where he received 100 stitches in his face.

And two days later, another dog allegedly attacked a 31-year-old Lubbock woman. She underwent surgery for bites to the right shoulder and both legs.

In lieu of these attacks, the City of Lubbock hopes a new public service campaign will keep pet owners out of jail.

Starting in September, if your pet causes serious bodily harm to another person you could face third degree felony charges and up to 20 years behind bars.

Kevin Overstreet, director of Lubbock's Animal Control, filmed the public service announcement Wednesday which will start airing next month.

"They need to make sure their animal is secure in their home or in their backyard and when they do get them out make sure they are on a leash," says Overstreet.

The Lubbock city ordinance says that if your dog is not on a leash you could receive a fine of up to $200.

The dangerous dog hearings will begin at City Hall at 1:00 p.m. If deemed too violent, the dogs could be euthanized.

NewsChannel 11 will be at the hearings and will bring you the latest and 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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