DOBSON — The Dangerous Dog Committee ordered two dogs to be put down Wednesday, following an attack on an elderly woman as she accidentally visited their owners’ residence.
At 6 p.m., the committee met at the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, room A33, to hear testimonials from the victim, Helen Glass, as well as the dogs’ owner, Ronnie Pack.
The incident occurred on March 1, when Glass mistakenly entered 132 Sugarbear Lane rather than her desired destination. As she walked onto the sidewalk, two dogs — described as “bloodhound mix and shepherd mix” — approached, resulting in Glass being bitten on her right lower leg.
“She was bitten horribly,” said Committee Chairman Jim Hazel in a post-meeting interview. “It’s a wonder she wasn’t killed.”
Thomas Williams, spokesperson for the health and nutrition center, added that Glass “is still bruised and suffering from her injuries.”
The dogs had up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Subsequently, Pack took the dogs to the veterinarian to be quarantined.
The five-member Dangerous Dog Committee declared the canines to be “dangerous” rather than “potentially dangerous” as they had previously been labeled.
It is unknown if the dogs already have been put down. “They don’t waste any time,” said a source wishing to remain anonymous. “I don’t know if the dogs are still around, to put it lightly.”
While attempts to reach Glass and Pack were unsuccessful, other citizens have voiced feedback on the ruling. Some are asking if the dogs were simply trying to protect their owner, since the victim was on Pack’s property.
“We had a decision to make. It was a hard decision. But I don’t regret it,” said Hazel. “If I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of the folks.”
Other reports question the certainty that each dog bit Glass, wondering why both animals needed to be exterminated. As to whether both dogs bit the victim, Hazel responded, “I don’t know. I assume so. But we felt like it was a gang kind of thing. I wasn’t there. All we had were the testimonies of the folks who were there.
“I had a choice to make. I made it. I have no regrets,“ he concluded. “I think the chances are pretty good that both animals participated in it. You make hard decisions. I don’t know of any reason I wouldn’t do the same again.”
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