TROUBLESHOOTERS: Brunswick Co. man upset pit bull roams neighborhood
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Held hostage in his own neighborhood. A Brunswick County man says he can't walk down his street because of a neighbor's pit bull. Joe Trull says he's called Brunswick County Animal Control and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, but they haven't helped.

The 76-year-old Trull is a heart patient. To stay healthy, he walks at least 30 minutes a day in his neighborhood near southport.

"I'm trying to enjoy what years I've got left, and so I do walk a lot, exercise a lot," Trull said.

But these days, he has to carry an iron rod with him. Trull said a neighbor has a pit bull that isn't always kept on a leash.

"The last time he come out, he was that close to my leg when I seen him," Trull said. "He sneaks up on you. When I heard him, he was that close. I turned around. He started to jump, and I hit him 'side the head with an iron rod."

Trull said he's contacted animal control and the sheriff's office several times to no avail.

"The first time I called, a deputy came out," Trull said. "He said, 'If I don't see it, I can't do nothing.' Well, the dog ain't going to stand there and wait for an hour for the sheriff to get a deputy here."

We contacted Brunswick County Animal Services. Director David Swain told us he sent an animal control officer out to Trull's neighborhood on Friday. The officer gave the owners of the pit bull a warning, but to do something more, officers need proof that the dog is out.

Swain said they sporadically drive through the neighborhood. In fact, they had an officer out there again Tuesday, reminding residents about the leash law.But again, they need to see the dog or a photo of the dog running loose.

"I am not gonna carry a camera with me all the time," Trull said. "I carry an iron rod with me now to hit the dog with."

So we tried to speak with the pit bull's owners. They denied having a dog, and even called the sheriff's office on us. We heard a dog barking, but to be fair, we couldn't see it. Still animal control verified there was a dog in the home as of Friday.

We also contacted the sheriff's office, which said it's an animal control issue unless the dog bites someone.

Trull is concerned if he is actually attacked, he might not be able to call 911.

"Me being a disabled American veteran, I should have the rights to walk this street that I pay tax on for 30 years without having to fight a dog," he said.

According to Brunswick County's animal control ordinance, an animal considered "at large" has to be impounded three times, or the owner cited three times before the animal is declared a public nuisance. After that happens, if the animal is caught running free again, animal control can initiate action to take custody of the animal.

Trull says he does not understand why something more can't be done, especially after a pit bull in Waxhaw recently killed a five-year-old girl.

Animal control said it's even set traps for the dog, but they need proof. It's proof Trull hopes does not come down to a dog bite or something worse.

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here are facts that are backed by facts this is not an opinion ...that man has the constitutional right to walk down the road he payed 30yrs of taxes for and to not be harrased or subjected to any neighbors animals running freely... pittbulls are a privilege not a constituional right, although they are recieving constituional rights by being a pet and walking on public tax payed school property unleashed until harm is done ...pittbulls do not pay taxes ,they do not fight wars ,they do not deliver mail ...fact pitbulls are the #1 canine that are attacking and killing americans ..fact until owning a dog or cat is federally or state regulated,taxed,liscensed,insured you have an influx of animals in shelters and running the streets and roads causing taxpayers and citizens problems ..fact.. i do not own a pet why are my tax dollars being used for animal control/animal shelters and other pet related federal or state funded projects and why do i have to be submitted to your pet when in public on tax payed property unleashed wondering if i am safe???pets are a luxury and a privilege and i do not own one yet my taxes are being used for them ...

Mr. Trull was given the option of taking a picture of the dog when it was loose. He refused. I say case closed. I have a Rottie/Pit mix, and believe me, if this dog wanted to hurt this man, it would have.

He is not required to take a picture of the dog in order for Animal Control to do their job. Essentially, if he calls Animal Control three separate times complaining of this dog, then they are required by law to come out each time and investigate.

If the Animal Control officer finds evidence that the dog has been at large each of those times (and from the sounds of the owners, I am sure this is very likely), then Animal Control has the authority to pick up the dog.

Whether or not the dog "wanted to hurt" him is irrelevant. The dog was at large and not secured by its owners and if was close enough for him to hit it with a stick, then it was too close.

Wow, your dog sounds tough. I would love to hear more about it.

The owner of the pit bull should be ashamed...this man served our country to protect us, but it seems no one is protecting him. He should be able to walk down his street without interference from this dog. Hopefully, relatives and/or neighbors will help him get pictures or video of the dog running loose.

Just remember, you have the right to defend yourself. Take a gun and blow his head off next time. You will be doing the world a lot of good. We need to make pit bulls extinct. They are dangerous creatures, like wild untamed lions in the woods.I bet you will get the attention of a lot of people. And you will have your proof because he will be dead in the road beside you. amen.

Irresponsible owners of dogs and children in general are the problems. I own 2 Pitts and they are the most loving and loyal dogs. But I don't let my dogs run loose. I believe if your going to have animals its you responsibility to keep them fenced in or indoors when not on a leash. Period. Not everyone is dog friendly. I also personally can't stand seeing the dead hunting dogs up and down 74/76 during hunting season and I wouldn't want my dogs to end up that way. Thankfully my neighborhood knows my dogs and the rare times one of them has slipped out they have taken them in their homes and just called me. Oh PS I think the people selling Pitt puppies at Walmart in Leland need to be ran off!!! They are a prime example of idiots.

It isn't the breed, Pit Bulls are among the most loyal and obedient breeds of dog on the planet, when raised and trained properly....

The issue here is not the breed of dog. The issue is that idiots like pit bulls. Idiots get their puppy pit-bull and immediately treat it like an object. Idiots do not care for their dog, do not train their dog, do not give it the attention it needs and do not give it the proper home.

But idiots like guns. Do we need to outlaw all guns because idiots shoot themselves or a friend when showing off their gun?

Idiots like fast cars. Should we outlaw fast cars because idiots wreck them and kill innocent people?

Idiots like alcohol. Should we outlaw alcohol because an idiot gets trashed and drives home, or decides to punch someone in the face who 'dissed' them?

Idiots like fire. Should we outlaw matches because an idiot is playing around and burns his home down?

Idiots like fast food. Should we outlaw McDonalds because an idiot ate himself to death?

Idiots like sex. Should we outlaw sexual intercourse because idiots continue to have children with multiple partners and refuse to take care of the children they father?

The issue is Idiots. And until we do something about the idiots who continue to breed without any repercussions, they will continue to be the problem. Idiots should have to take an IQ test before they are allowed to breed, or before they vote other idiots in office to keep their idiot ideals in tact.

IDIOTS ARE THE PROBLEM!!!! NOT THE DOGS OR THE GUNS OR THE CARS OR THE DRUGS OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN MENTION!!!

I agree.

Instead of an iron rod, carry a 9mm. I can assure you one shot and the dog will still be there when animal control arrives.

What has being a disabled American vet got to do with this? Don't sound too disabled to me walking around beating dogs in the head with an iron rod. Maybe the dog needs protection....But, the dogs are even smarter than the people that work with Brunswick Co. Animal Control.

Sorry, not all DAV are bedridden. Yes, some can even walk.

And yes you are correct. The dog does need protection, from its neglectful owners.