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Residents say pit bulls terrorizing Fox Glen

April 27, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Several residents of the Fox Glen subdivision complained to the Jefferson County Commissioners Thursday, saying vicious dogs in the subdivision have been chasing people and killing pets.

Wayne Wellman gave the commissioners a petition containing more than 200 signatures from residents in the development who want the county to take action to remove the dogs.

The dogs have killed cats, a dog and a pet rabbit that a dog reached by jumping a fence at a house, Wellman said.

"We've got some people willing to go to court to do something about these dogs," Wellman said.

Wellman asked the commissioners for help in removing the dogs "before we bury one of our kids."

Jefferson County Animal Control Officer Linda Jenkins said her department has had trouble with two pit bulls in Fox Glen, which is about five miles west of Charles Town along W.Va. 9.

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She related one call she received last Thursday morning about an animal "mauling a dog to pieces" in the development.

Jenkins said she has taken statements from people in the subdivision about being chased by one of the dogs, which they believe are being kept at a house in Fox Glen.

Jenkins said she has talked to Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson about the possibility of seizing the dogs.

Jenkins said her efforts are limited because there is no state law controlling vicious dogs.

Jenkins said the only option her office has is picking up the dogs if they are loose.

The commissioners said Fox Glen has a leash law, which might be used to improve the situation.

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