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Soldier's Father in Dogfight With County

Posted March 5, 2008
Updated March 7, 2008

— Cumberland County officials have given a local man two months to find accommodations for two dogs he has been keeping for his son, who is serving in the Army in Iraq.

Henry Carroll owns three dachshund-poodle mixes, and he took in two others when his son, Pvt. Adam Carroll, deployed eight months ago from Fort Campbell, Ky.

"These dogs are family dogs. I gave them to Adam," Carroll said. "He went to Sanford (and) said, 'I'm going to join the Army, Daddy. ... You have to keep my dogs.'"

A neighbor soon complained about the excess dogs, saying the animals often barked late at night.

Cumberland County limits residents to owning three dogs. Anybody with more than three needs to obtain a permit to operate a kennel.

"We're going to enforce the ordinance. We always have, and we don't really have a choice," Deputy Cumberland County Attorney Harvey Raynor said. "We're going to give him 60 days to comply before we take any kind of enforcement action."

Raynor said county officials took Adam Carroll's deployment into consideration. Usually, residents are given only 30 days to comply, he said.

"When you hear that military personnel is involved, you immediately look to see what can we do to accommodate these people," he said.

Carroll denied the dogs bark at night and said he doesn't think the county did enough for him and his son.

"This is supposed to be a military community, and (here) a soldier has to worry about the life of his dog as well as his own," he said.

Carroll must find someplace else for his son's two dogs. He said his choices are a shelter or the home of his ailing mother. He said he fears the dogs could be euthanized if he takes them to a shelter.

"I would rather take care of them to make sure they're taken care of," he said.

  • UPDATE: Bryan Mims reports that people have overwhelmingly responded to Henry Carroll's plight. Volunteers have offered to keep two of his five dogs until his son returns from Iraq.

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  • yellowhorses Mar 6, 2008

    Hmmm, did I hear the voice of sanity somewhere in this.

    Put them in the house - what an outstanding idea. Simple, direct, effective.

  • tmedlin Mar 6, 2008

    I've found a fellow GOLO-er who will take the dogs. We are working out the details and need to get contact info from WRAL on the dad. We should also chip in to help with the expenses associated so that this gracious lady will not have to absorb all the expenses. Stay tuned, I'll post a blog later.

  • ifcdirector Mar 6, 2008

    "We're going to enforce the ordinance. We always have, and we don't really have a choice," Deputy Cumberland County Attorney Harvey Raynor"

    One more reason to despise lawyers.

  • mtr Mar 6, 2008

    Did his original 2 dogs bark? If it just started I would hate it and also have to report the noise. Would I be a bad person for not supporting the soldier, or a responsible person? I would be making sure that I had slept well before driving my 2,500lb truck to work while all the kids are getting on the buses.

    Yes I know that the soldier is in a dangerous location, since the start of the war March 2003 through April 2008 over 3974 soldiers deaths have occurred in Iraq, while here in the US motor vehicle deaths for January 2007 through October 2007 have only totaled 36,250.

    Lets stop the BS about not supporting the troop and take some responsibility for what is right.

  • TheAdmiral Mar 6, 2008

    "Carroll ... said he doesn't think the county did enough for him and his son."

    Where's do Govenment? Where's FEMA? Where's My Check?
    George Bush don't like people with dogs...

    Look - I sympathize with the dude - but ya know - if he has to watch his son's dogs and his own - guess what - he has to get a permit.

    Just because his son is in Iraq and deployed is not an excuse.

    Now - here is my bleeding heart liberal stance: The second amendment is there to ensure Domestic Tranquility. If you have a county government who is making rules and regulations without exceptions - time to use that amendment to ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Greyhound_Girl Mar 6, 2008

    Foxtrot Delta Tango - and how do you know that they are NOT barking?

    I applaud this man for fighting for our country, but that still doesn't change the fact that there are laws (noise ordinances, etc.) that EVERYONE needs so abide by...the same things he's fighting to protect....think about it!

    You would be putting him ABOVE the law, because he's fighting in Iraq. What about the men and women of our police forces that are on the front lines every day? Are they above the law, too?

  • Foxtrot Delta Tango Mar 6, 2008

    I don't understand how some of you are quick to say that maybe the neighbor did try to be polite but this is a last option. How do you know the dogs are barking late? The bottom line is that here's someone who has to live with the threat of being killed 24/7 and his dogs are in his dad's care. If the dogs are barking (which I doubt) deal with it and remember supporting our troops goes beyond putting a yellow ribbon or whatever on your car. Seriously people, grow up.

  • Greyhound_Girl Mar 6, 2008

    memered52 - apparently you have never lived next door to barking dogs.

    Everyone has a right to peace and quiet.

  • tank1234 Mar 6, 2008

    Shame on them. That man is fighting for us other there.
    Tell them to move or get ear plugs.

  • dukebbfan Mar 6, 2008

    This is terrible. If the neighbor is so worried about all the dogs why dont they volunteer to keep the sons dog. I am sure cumberland county has more problems to worry about than someone having 2 extra dogs. Hope the father can find someone to take care of them for his son.