Pender Co. residents hope for a tougher dog ordinance

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Two large dogs brutally attacked a 10 pound dock in Rocky Point earlier this month.

Now, people are asking county commissioners to revamp the dog ordinance to keep their pets safe.

Barbara Blake hopes the story about her dog, Daisy, will help make a difference.

"My granddaughter is still traumatized by it [the attack]," said Blake.  "It all happened so fast. It's like a bad dream, we miss her."

Daisy was on her porch when two Rottweilers approached and attacked her. One of the dogs grabbed Daisy by the throat and threw her into the yard.  That's when Blake said she picked up her porch chair and hit the dog that had Daisy.

"My dog was then able to run under the other dog," said Blake.  "Then my granddaughter grabbed her and took her into the house."

Blake spent more than $6,000 trying to save Daisy, but after two surgeries her 6-month old friend passed away.

According to neighbors this is not the first deadly dog attack in the area.  Many are doing what they can to protect themselves and their pets.

"The guy across the street, when he walks his dog he carries a gun, because you never know what's going to happen," said Debora Hobbs who's dog was also attacked.

Currently there are no laws in Pender County holding an owner responsible if their pet attacks another, but commissioner David Williams believes it's time for change.

"If my dog attacked someone off of my property the first time, he would be put down, plain and simple," said Williams.  "You don't give a dog a second chance. If he ever does it once, it will happen again. It's just a matter of when, and who would want to have that liability or responsibility."

According to Williams, a tougher law would make owners beware before letting their animals roam free.

The two Rottweilers that attacked Daisy have been taken from their owner until the case goes to court.  Pender County commissioners are expected to discuss the dog ordinance in December.

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