Dogs removed after Woodland Hills attack

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

October 9, 2013

A report of a woman being bitten by dogs in the Woodland Hills area has led to the animals being removed from the neighborhood.

According to a press release from Harlan County Animal Control, Harlan City Police contacted animal control at approximately noon on Monday requesting an investigation into an incident involving an animal.

The release states animal control officer Willie Galloway went to Harlan ARH Hospital and interviewed Sue Lee. Lee said she had been attacked by three dogs and gave a description of the animals.

Lee was allegedly attacked by a black great dane, a chocolate pit bull and a multi-colored Aussie mix. Galloway contacted the Harlan County Health Department and informed Frank Davis of the incident.

Davis and HPD Officer Derrick Noe met Galloway in the Woodland Hills area to search for the dogs and locate the owners. Multiple residents complained about the dogs during this time. One of the dogs was located roaming the neighborhood. The other two were found at the residence of the owners.

According to Galloway, one resident stated their neighbor’s dog had been attacked by another dog the night prior to the attack on Lee.

Photos were taken of all the dogs and shown to Lee, who identified them as the dogs that attacked her.

Galloway said Davis issued quarantine notices to the owner of the dog found roaming as well as the owner of the other two dogs. The dogs are now being housed under quarantine precautions at the Harlan County Animal Shelter for a period of 10 days. The owner agreed to attempt to find homes for the animals during the 10 day quarantine.

If other homes have not been found for the animals at the end of the quarantine period, the animals will be turned over to Harlan County Animal Control, according to the release. The animals will not return to the Woodland Hills area due to the aggressive nature of the attacks.

Harlan City Police issued citations to Blanton Hamrick, the owner of the great dane and the pit bull, and Leanne Barrett, the owner of the Aussie mix, for violation of a city ordinance pertaining to animal confinement.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com