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Pitbulls terrorize South Chiefland

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

A pair of pain-in-the-rear pitbulls is plaguing parts of South Chiefland, according to city officials and residents in the area, but a solution is proving hard to leash.

Chiefland resident and business owner Chris Jones came before the commission Monday night to ask that something be done. The dogs, seen roaming city streets, have bitten several people in the area in the last few months, he said. One victim needed more than 100 stitches.

“We’ve all been told there’s nothing that can be done about it,” he said.

Jones said the man he believes to be the owner is belligerent, and refuses to lay claim to the animals.

Chiefland Deputy Chief Al Graves, who said he asked Jones to come before the commission, said police keep getting conflicting stories. One man who was attacked, seeking to protect the anonymity of the dog’s owner, claimed the dog was a black lab, he said. Another woman never showed up to make a report, and, to make matters worse, the owner, whoever that may be, keeps moving the dogs around to different homes, always out of sight of animal control.

Graves said the dogs are reportedly brown or brindle in color.

“We would like to avoid sporadic gunfire by law-abiding people,” Graves said, “but it seems like it’s heading in that direction.”

City Clerk Mary Ellzey told commissioners she would talk to the city’s animal control department to see if it could step up efforts to capture the animals.