MADISONVILLE-Is the leash law in the
city of Madisonville being properly enforced?
At the Tuesday meeting of the
Madisonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, resident Rida Evans aired a
complaint about the assessment of the leash law inside the city
In May, Evans said a Rottweiler tried
to climb the fence at her house and attack her while she was on her
"I suffered a panic attack that
lasted 17 days," Evans told the board.
After speaking with Police Chief Gregg
Breeden, County Mayor Tim Yates, Madisonville City Mayor Glenn Moser
and Animal Control Officer Damian Cook, Evans started a petition to
make sure the leash law is being assessed properly.
Through the leash law, all animals must
be contained inside of the city limits and should not roam freely.
Evans said when she called local law enforcement to report the
incident, the officer told her it was Cook's job not his.
"Luckily, Damian got that Rottweiler
that afternoon," said Evans, painting a picture of what could have
happened had the dog gotten ahold of a child.
Calling herself an "avid dog lover," Evans said she thinks both people and dogs should be protected and
that the Madisonville Police Department should do more when seeing or
hearing about stray dogs.
"If you ever see the teeth of
one... coming at you with no way to defend yourself," she described. "You panic."
Evans said when she mentioned the
possibility of protecting herself by shooting the dog, officers told
her she would be taken to jail for firing a gun inside of the city
"Threatened to be taken to jail if
you protect yourself!" she exclaimed.
Evans hopes city officials take the
petition to heart.
"I can't even lay down and close my
eyes without seeing that dog and its teeth in my face," she said. "Something more needs to be done."