Clamping Down on Vicious Dogs

1 decade 1 year 1 day ago February 23, 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:32:29 PM CST in News

When the population increases, the number of pets may increase, too. But what if some are vicious dogs that run free? People in their own front yards may not be safe.

"One of them started jumping on me, so I started screaming. I didn't know what to do," said Kerri Polk, a pit bull victim. "And that's when a friend that was over came outside. And he kicked the dogs off of me and basically saved my life."

Polk has physical and emotional scars, and can still hear the sounds of the two stray pit bulls that attacked her outside her Columbia home in late October. Animal Control destroyed the dogs, but Polk's story is only one of many. Last year, people reported 14 pit bull bites in Columbia. This year, that number has almost doubled.

"The numbers probably are increasing simply because the population is increasing," said Animal Control Supervisor Gerald Worley. "And, I think, probably it is fair to say that some of the bite cases that we've handled have been relatively serious. And I think that's probably just associated with the fact that they're bigger and more powerful and have the potential to inflict more damage." 

The average pit bull weighs 35-50 pounds. But, when owners breed them with Rottweilers or German Shepherds, for example, the resulting mix can weigh more than 100 pounds and be almost as tall as two cinder blocks.

Columbia requires owners of vicious animals to keep them on their property, muzzle them in public, have at least $50,000 in liability insurance, a kennel with an attached top, bottom and lock, and use a leash no longer than four feet. But, even with these laws, the increase in the number of dog attacks in Columbia indicates not all owners obey the law.

If a dog bites someone, Animal Control quarantines the animal for 10 days to make sure it's not rabid. After 10 days, authorities destroy the dog or a judge decides its fate. Although Columbia allows pit bulls, Boonville, Hallsville and New Franklin have banned them.

More News

Grid
List
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Camden County Sheriff's Department has issued a Missing Endangered Person Report for Chad Hawk. Hawk was... More >>
47 minutes ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:41:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department has noticed a decrease in the number of concealed carry permit applications and... More >>
7 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 10:03:00 PM CST in Top Stories
MOBERLY - A non-profit held an open house Friday for people to learn about a program that helps disabled people... More >>
9 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 7:41:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – When Deronne Wilson arrived at the First State Community Bank, he was expecting a job evaluation. Instead, friends... More >>
10 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 7:01:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Residents of Columbia have the chance Saturday to express their opinions in a public forum held by the... More >>
11 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 5:52:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City residents will vote in August on whether to raise the city's minimum wage... More >>
12 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Chrystal Sadler never imagined she'd be where she is today. "My mom told me at 15 I'd... More >>
13 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 4:08:08 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is accelerating the process to build the first new middle school in... More >>
14 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 3:23:00 PM CST in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Up to 140 J.C. Penney stores across the country will close, the chain announced Friday. The... More >>
14 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2:52:00 PM CST in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the third time since 2009, a St. Louis family is dealing with the loss of... More >>
14 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2:51:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Federal investigators have ruled that the fire that destroyed a suburban St. Louis country club... More >>
14 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2:40:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri has approved more than $54,000 for remodeling the Capitol office of new Lt. Gov. Mike... More >>
16 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 1:17:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Tax-filing season is in full swing and some want to take advantage of it. The Internal Revenue Service... More >>
17 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 12:04:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two former Missouri senators and the new Department of Revenue director... More >>
17 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 11:46:08 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A streetcar that will operate in the Loop area of St. Louis and adjoining University City... More >>
21 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 7:49:51 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - When someone overdoses on heroin or another opioid, the drug slows down their central nervous system until they... More >>
23 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 6:02:00 AM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A Moberly woman was charged Tuesday in Boone County for abusing a 12-year-old Columbia boy. Stacey Robertson,... More >>
1 day ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:23:00 PM CST in News
MONITEAU COUNTY – The Moniteau County Sheriff's Office arrested 10 people during a drug bust Wednesday. The sheriff's office... More >>
1 day ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:19:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
6am 27°
7am 26°
8am 27°
9am 29°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
On the Money
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
NHL Hockey
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld