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Roanoke Rapids Dog Attack Victim Pushes For Stricter Rules

Posted May 11, 2006

— Most days, Gloria Edwards likes to work in her garden. A year ago, her hobby was interrupted when two pit bulls attacked her on own property. She is still recovering.

"When I go in to take my shower ... my hands doesn't work right," said Edwards. "So with therapy I am hoping that it will get better."

Edwards is more aware now, and is watching the efforts of a local citizens' committee. The group is working on laws to control "dangerous dogs."

The proposed Roanoke Rapids animal control ordinance is good news for responsible dog owners and tougher on owners of vicious dogs.

"In the manner of which the animals are cared for and how they are secured, and even with certain breeds of dogs in consideration, having the financial responsibility," said Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Greg Lawson.

Owners may have to take out $100,000 in liability insurance. Chained-up dogs could no longer be left unattended. If caught violating the ordinance, owners would face up to $500 in fines.

Edwards says the proposals are not tough enough.

"I really feel that in the city limits that they should ban vicious dogs," said Edwards.

Edwards hopes that no matter what is done, the new rules would potentially prevent another attack like the one she lived through.

"You know, I just don't like them anymore," said Edwards.

Roanoke Rapids began working on a stricter animal control ordinance following last summer's attack on Edwards and the attack by the family pet of a 5-year-old girl.

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