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Small canine killed by unleashed canine owned by man staying at lodge in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – A German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois owned by a person visiting Clarksville killed a small canine outdoors flats close to Exit 4 this week.

At abut 7:30 am Tuesday, Becki Bornhorst, 64, was taking her two canine – Sadie, a 5-year-old Dachshund combine, and Tobie, a 16-year-old Bichon-Poo – on their regular stroll at Waterford Landings Flats on Westfield Court docket.

Bornhorst advised Clarksville Now she strolling her canine on leashes throughout the grounds and selecting up after them. As they crossed again by, she was stunned by two massive canine that immediately started performing aggressively.

“I began screaming, ‘Assist, assist! Someone please assist me!’ And so they ended up taking my previous canine, Tobie, and drug him out of my arms with the lead. They knocked me to the bottom, took him over to the grass and mauled him,” Bornhorst stated by tears.

Tobie earlier than the accident occurred. (Contributed by Becki Bornhorst)

Neighbors tried to assist Bornhorst, however to no avail. The 2 canine have been massive, aggressive and refused to again down. The upkeep supervisor, who heard Bornhorst’s screams, instantly known as the police after which went to the college bus cease to ensure the kids could be secure.

Bornhorst had a scrape to her left knee from being pulled to the bottom. After giving police her assertion from her, she rushed to Banfield Pet Hospital on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard with Tobie, however the little canine didn’t survive the assault.

Fortunately, Sadie had no seen accidents and stays in good well being.

Canines from out of city

Later, Clarksville Police and Montgomery County Animal Management responded when the identical upkeep supervisor known as and stated he discovered the canine close by behind Consolation Suites.

In accordance with a police incident report obtained by Clarksville Now, the proprietor of the canine, a 35-year-old Nebraska native, stated he was staying on the Consolation Suites for the night time on his strategy to North Carolina.

He advised police he let his canine, a German Shepherd and a Belgian Malinois, go into the woods beside the lodge to alleviate themselves, as they’re used to going out unleashed on their property at dwelling in Nebraska. The canine then went by the woods to the house complicated earlier than operating again to the lodge.

Clarksville Now has reached out to the Nebraska man for remark.

Canines cannot be seized right here

In accordance with police and animal management, by legislation, native officers did not have the authority to grab and impound the canine, because the man was not a resident of Tennessee and solely passing by.

Dave Kaske, director of Montgomery County Animal Care and Management, stated when a canine chew happens and the canine’s proprietor lives out of state, they’re restricted by jurisdiction.

“There’s not an entire lot we are able to do apart from notify their animal management of their county {that a} chew occurred, and the canine must be quarantined after they get dwelling,” Kaske stated.

In accordance with the Tennessee canine chew legislation, a canine proprietor or the keeper of a canine could also be held civilly answerable for the damages brought on by the canine.

Plaintiffs suing for accidents or demise brought on by a canine chew should show three components: “First, they have to show that the defendant owned the canine. Second, they have to show that the defendant’s canine brought about the accidents. Third, they have to show that the defendants knew or ought to have recognized concerning the canine’s harmful propensities.”

Sadie, 5 years previous, survived the canine assault. (Contributed by Becki Bornhorst)

The shortage of jurisdiction leaves Bornhorst grieving and with few choices.

“I simply need peace for all of the fur infants and youngsters that run round and do not should worry canine,” Bornhorst stated.

Her surviving canine would not but understand that Tobie was killed, she stated. “Sadie lays by the door ready for her brother to come back dwelling.”

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