Dog owner says he was fined after cats attacked in Jacksonville neighborhood
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The owner of two dogs accused of killing two cats in the family and seriously injuring a third, said he was fined.
Advice in the newsroom led News4Jax to the home of the dog’s owner, who goes by the name of Kyle Ray.
When News4Jax arrived at Ray’s home shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, an animal control officer was there. After the officer left, Ray told News4Jax he was fined and ordered to appear in court because the city wanted to label its animals as dangerous dogs, which means that they are about to be taken from him and possibly euthanized.
Ray said his dogs, named Buddy and Trixie, were the ones seen in videos attacking pets in an area off Baymeadows Road just west of Old Kings Road. He said they got out of their garden because someone left the door open.
“I try to contain them in the yard as much as I can,” Ray said. “I guess they walked into a few people’s yards, which is understandable. They’ve entered private property, and it sucks.
He also said he was sorry for what had happened and understood why people were upset that his dogs had killed pets.
“If it was someone’s dog attacking my cat on my property, I would shoot the dog,” he said.
Some pet owners were concerned about young children being attacked, but Ray said his dogs are emotional support animals that would not harm a human.
“That’s why I’m here to speak to you to let them know that my dogs are not dangerous to children,” Ray said.
Ray will now have to appear in court to convince a judge that his dogs should not be considered dangerous. State law states that a dog is considered dangerous if it kills or seriously injures a pet without being provoked. In this case, his dogs are accused of leaving their property and attacking and killing cats on private property in a nearby neighborhood.
“If (Buddy) is considered a dangerous dog, the only way I can keep him is if he has a dangerous identification tag around his neck and I have to take out insurance for him,” said Ray. “These are great things because it’s a second chance to keep him with his daddy.”
In addition, if the dogs are found to be dangerous, he would be required to contain the dogs safely. On top of that, he would be required to put up signs outside his home to let people know that there are dangerous animals on the property.
Rays said he is also fighting the case because if his dogs are found to be dangerous he will no longer be allowed to take them to certain places in public.
If a dog deemed dangerous kills or injures a person or pet, the dog may be removed and euthanized. In addition, the owner can face fines, civil lawsuits and even be sentenced to jail.
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