When Frankie Byrne
heard a woman had been killed by two pit bulls at a Sam Lee Road trailer, she
knew exactly which animals were involved.
"I knew that something bad was going to happen with those dogs when the sheriff's deputies were telling me the story," said Byrne
, who filled out "dangerous dog" paperwork but said she
wants tougher laws addressing problem animals.
"The laws are so lenient. … I did everything legally I could do about them," she
Tougher dog laws
could be coming.
The animal control department is represented on Jones' committee, and officers such as Byrne
have ideas for controlling dangerous dogs.
Byrne went to work in animal control in January after working at the Oakland Zoo in California.
returned to the Sam Lee Road trailer Friday, three days before the woman's death, to make sure all was well.
"I stopped by, and (the owner) had the dogs loose in the front yard … which is a violation of the classification," she
The dogs were required to be kept in a fully enclosed, inescapable pen, in the house or on a leash.
did not issue a citation, pointing out that it would have been a $50 fine at most.
believes pit bulls are inherently dangerous, because of the history of their breeding for aggressiveness.
"It's my own personal opinion," Byrne
"If I were to make the law, you would have to have a special license to have a pit bull," Byrne
said owner screening would help, as would special insurance requirements for owners of pit bulls.
said homeowners insurance policies could prohibit pit bulls or charge higher rates.
went Wednesday to follow up with an owner whose pit bull had escaped its enclosure.
In the meantime, Byrne
keeps a knife at her
hip, using it for tasks such as slicing open bags of lime to cover decaying road kill.
pulled it out ready to defend herself before.
"I've had pit bulls coming at me," she