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Animal Control Officer Admits Making Up Story Of Alleged Dog Attack

Posted September 3, 2003

— An animal control officer who claimed a man set her up and intentionally let a pit bull attack her told investigators she made up the story.

Investigators said they do not know why Person County Animal Control Officer Patsy Bryant lied to them about being attacked by a dog. Authorities said they heard the truth after questioning Bryant.

"It just didn't add up. When they did a third or fourth interview with her, she said the dog did not attack her," Person County Sheriff Dennis Oakley said.

Bryant originally told investigators that she received a call about an injured dog on Hassel Horton Road in Person County. She claimed when she arrived, two masked men forced a dog to attack her. Authorities found she was not being truthful.

Right now, the Person County District Attorney has not filed charges against Bryant.

Authorities had arrested Michael Dowdell in connection with the incident, but he was recently released from jail. But they investigators said Bryant could have crucial information about Dowdell's alleged dogfighting.

If Bryant is charged, it would only be a misdemeanor. She has resigned from Person County Animal Control.

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