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Listing of some Known Tri-Cities Animal Hazards to Bicyclist


Most of us love dogs- But NOT IN THE ROAD!
If you are tired of being habitually endangered by the same animal, report it to the proper authority AND have it listed here. Try and obtain house number and road name of actual residence or neighbor. Also note the day, date and time. This may make it much easier when you or your fellow cyclist is injured if you try to recover damages or ask for action by the authorities if patterns can be proven. ========================================================================= Animal: Location: Reported to: By: Habbits: Offending days/time: ========================================================================= Animal: little demon dog, black/brown minature doberman. Location: 16988 Horton Highway, Fall Branch, ~5 miles down Reported to: Greene County Animal Control 423-798-1777 & Greene County Sheriff Office By: Dustin Maybe. Lauren Root had called several weeks back on this exact dog. Habbits: Offending days/time: 05/07/13 ========================================================================= Animal: 2 foot dark brown cur. Location: near 3440 Mt. Holston Rd near Chinquapin Rd prior to Elie Rd. Reported to: SCAC 10/26 By: Bennett Cowan Habbits: in the road Offending days/time: 10/26/12, 1:45pm. ========================================================================== Animal: Dachsund Location: 2080 Bullock Hollow. Reported to: SCAC 10/26 By: Bennett Cowan Habbits: in the road Offending days/time: 10/26/12, 1pm. ========================================================================= Animal: Female blond lab mix Location: 1199 Summerville Rd at intersection of Easy Street. Reported to: SCAC 10/1 By: Rick H. Habbits: Charged R&D three times Offending days/time: 9/30/11, 7pm. ========================================================================= Animal:3 dogs, various breeds("mutts"), most offending one part bulldog. Location:3432(?) Stanley Valley Rd; Small white house w barbed wire fence. Reported to: to Hawkins County Sheriffs Department Habbits: 3 dogs ran out in the road to confront me (on a slight downhill). 2nd instance this has happened. On 09/05, The bulldog-looking one bit my shoe, not once, but twice, and was only rebuffed from further attacks after 2 well-aimed kicks to the snout. -Stewart M. Offending day: 08/29/09 and 09/05/09 I was also confronted by about 10-12 dogs later in the ride from various houses and forced to stop. The owners were yelling at them, trying to control their animals, but with little effect. The dogs apparently appeared to be from various households. ========================================================================= Animal: Large Brown, don't know breed Location: about 3655? Goshen Valley Road (Police have the exact location from EMT response) Reported to: Rogersville Police By: Stewart Millen Habbits: Runs out in the road challenge/chase bicycles, took down Stewart Millen 06/27 - Ambulence to Emergency room. Offending days: 06/27/2010 at about 7:45 pm. ========================================================================= Animal: Small ankle biters Location: 577 or 589 Chruch Road, Fall Branch, Washington Co. Reported to: - Habbits: Runing among cyclist on fast downhill Offending days: 8/13/09 8/11/09 and every time before for years ========================================================================= Animal: Large mutt Location: across from 1009 Chruch Road, Fall Branch, Washington Co. Reported to: - Habbits: Threatening cyclist Offending days: 8/11/09 ========================================================================= Animal: Border Collie? two Location: 930 / 1030 Lebanon Road Colonial Heights, TN, Sullivan County, Reported to: - SC AC 7/3/09 & 7-29-09 Habbits: about wrecked Dan G. then later was out after 4 club members. On 7-29-09 two dogs were out in the road again in pouring rain (R&D) and owners were leaving so were aware. Offending days: on 7-3-09 & 7-29-09 ========================================================================= Animal: Yellow Pit Bull out side of fence (2-3 others inside fence) Location: 329 or 330 Pleasant Hill Road, Blountville, TN, Sullivan County, Reported to: - SC AC 6/1/09 Habbits: Dog trapped 3 cyclist for about 3 minutes. Offending days: on 5-30-09 ========================================================================= Animal: 2 dogs large black and cocker?. Location: 440 Rogers Oad Dial Road, Blountville, TN, Sullivan County, Nice house Reported to: - SC AC 6/1/09 Habbits: Dogs running into road cyclist. Offending days: on 5-30-09 ========================================================================= Animal: 2 small dogs. Location: 1984 Island Road, Blountville, TN, Sullivan County, Trailer Reported to: - SC AC 6/1/09 Habbits: Ankle biters Dogs running into road all among cyclist. Offending days: Many days includig 5-30-09 ========================================================================= Animal: Large reddish brown retriever (Irish setter/Golden mix?) Location: 691 Moreland Drive, house on east on hill just before J.B. Dennis Reported to: Habbits: forced Hal Yungmeyer into traffic to avoid Offending days: April 28, 2009, loose on 5/5/09 RHH ========================================================================= Animal:German Shephard, owners Ira& Elizabeth Nash Location:212 Bridwell Heights Rd, 37664, Sullivan County, right at curve with Red Robin Reported to: SCAC - final warning. Habbits: Running into road, attacked John Stidham this date Offending days:2/1/09 and has been a problem for many years. ========================================================================= Animal:Rottwiler Location: 1933 Tri-Cities Crossing 37663, Sullivan County Reported to: Habbits: Dog in road after cyclist Offending days: 1/17/09 ========================================================================= Animal: Small brown puppy belonging to Duane Easter Location: 1011 Woodstone Drive 37663, Sullivan County Reported to: Law notice in mailbox on 1/5/09 Habbits: Puppy ran into road almost wrecking Rick & Doreen Heppert Offending days: Jan 3 & 17, 2009, dog has been spotted loose numerous times in previous month ========================================================================= Animal: collie mix and bassett hound mix belonging to Christine D. Salyer Location:494 Barger Hollow Road off Island Rd. Sullivan County Reported to: Sullivan County Sheriff, Animal Control. Owner charged with two counts class E Felony by SC DA Reduced to misdemeanor. by request of Pearces Habbits: dog struck bike, Wrecked Barbara Pearce, one of group. Offending days: 12/27/08, road and owner has history of bad dog problem. ========================================================================= Animal: large white dog (shephard mix?). Location: 513 Beulah Church Road, Gray TN, Washington County, Habbits: Dog running into road for years here. Reported to: - SC AS on 10/26/08 Offending days: on 10-26-08 and many others for years. ========================================================================= Animal: 3 small dogs including one beagle. Location: 153 Link Road, Jonesborough TN, Washington County, Habbits: Dogs running into road for years here. Mailbox notice on 10-21-08 Reported to: - SC AS on 10/26/08 Offending days: on 10-21-08, 10-23-08 and many others for years. ========================================================================= Animal: Various small dogs mixed heritage. Location: Chapman, 1121 Fordtown Road, Jonesborough TN, Washington County, Habbits: Dogs running into road for years here. Reported to: - SC AS on 10/26/08 Mailbox notice on 10-21-08 Offending days: on 10-16-08, 10-14-08 and many others for years. ========================================================================= Animal: Pack of 4 dogs mixed heritage. Location: 1585 Big Hollow Road, Blountville, TN, Sullivan County, Beware of Dog sign Reported to: - SC 911 on 6/31/08 Habbits: Four dogs running into road all around 3 cyclist. Offending days: on 6-31-08 ========================================================================= Animal: Pack of 3-4 dogs mixed heritage. Schnauser, yellow labmix. Location: 1523 Big Hollow Road, Blountville, TN, Sullivan County, Nice house with flag pole Reported to: - SC 911 on 6/31/08 & SC AC 6/1/09 & 911 8/9/09 Habbits: Dogs running into road all around 3 cyclist just on down hill. Offending days: on 6-31-08 & 5-30-09 & 8-9-09 ========================================================================= Animal: large Shephard mix and black lab mix Location: 339 Buckingham Road, Gray, TN 37615, Washington County, RW & Blue mailbox "B & H" Reported to: - WCAC on 6/30/08 Habbits: Two dogs running into road among 5 cyclist. RHH "Tagged" GS. Mailbox notice on 2007 Offending days: on 6-29-08 ========================================================================= Animal: large Shephard mix and black lab mix Location: 339 Buckingham Road, Gray, TN 37615, Washington County, RW & Blue mailbox "B & H" Reported to: - Habbits: Two dogs running into road among cyclist. One same dog that struck BB on 11-02-05. Offending days: on 12-01-07 ========================================================================= Animal: Medium sized long haired female dog named Coco : Owner: Nancy Gentry Location: 429 Valley Road behind Sullivan Central, Blountville, TN 37617, Sullivan County Reported to: - Report filed with SC Sheriff Office. Habbits: BIT rider's ankle. Owner blamed riders for riding bicycle on roads. Sons could not catch animal. Offending day: on 11-18-07 ========================================================================= Animal: Medium sized dog Location: 491 Valley Road behind Sullivan Central, Blountville, TN 37617, Sullivan County Reported to: Habbits: Charges out at riders from between pine trees at drive way. Offending day: on 11-18-07 and numerous other days ========================================================================= Animal: St. Bernard named Murphy : Owner Longworth? Location: 724 Hamilton behind airport, Blountville, TN 37617, Sullivan County Reported to: - Animal Control & Sheriff Dept. by NUMEROUS riders Habbits: runs into road among cyclist. Owners who observed attack told riders they didn't belong on roads, threatened bodily harm to riderS, could not catch or control animal. Offending days: on 12-04-05, 3-24-07, 5-7-07, 10-10-09(Dan), R-2-19-11 Spotted by Brian Archer 2/2010 on a chain! but loose at least twice since then ========================================================================= Animal: Chocolate Lab. Location: Old Mill Road, off Fall Creek,TN Sullivan County Reported to: - ? Habbits: runs into road among cyclist. Offending days: on 5-??-07 ========================================================================= Animal: Small black mutt Location: 428 Buckingham Road, Gray, TN 37615, Washington County Reported to: - Habbits: runs into road among cyclist. Offending days: on 12-14-06 ========================================================================= Animal: dog - no description Location: 880 Church Rd, Kingsport TN, City, Habbits: Dog ran into road causing Brian McCrary to hit it. abrasions, $150 damage to bike and clothing. Reported to: - ? Offending days: on 11-25-06 ========================================================================= Animal: large Shepard mix Location: 339 Buckingham Road, Gray, TN 37615, Washington County, RW & Blue mailbox "B & H" Reported to: - Habbits: Ran from farm into road, punched Billy B. in stomach/side with front paws knocking the breath out of him. Owners who observed attack told riders to use other roads. Offending days: on 11-02-05 ========================================================================= Animal: White & black Scottish Location: "The Yankees" 3135 Goshen Valley, Church Hill,TN 37642, Hawkins Co. Reported to: Hawkins Co. deputy, ambulence crew Habbits: Loose, in road, Chased Ed Boochard, took out Ron Burke Offending days: on 7-24-04 ========================================================================= Animal: "good size dog" Location: Mountain View Rd, up Bays mountain from Goshen Valley, Hawkins Co. TN Reported to: Habbits: Loose, in road, bit Stewart 3 times Offending days: on 11-29-02 ========================================================================= Animal: Two large Blond Shepherds? Location: Horton Highway and intersection with Lovelace Rd. Greene Co. TN Reported to: Habbits: Loose, in road, Chaseing bikers, bared teeth Offending days: Chased on 11-9-02 ========================================================================= Animal: Rottwiler Location: Lonestar Road at intersection of Reservoir Road TN Reported to: Sullivan Co. Animal Shelter and Sheriff Dept. Due to complaints Animal turned into Shelter on Tuesday 10-11-02 Habbits: Loose, in road, Chaseing bikers Offending days: Chased on 10-8-02, Wrecked Ron Burke on 10-12-02 ========================================================================= Animal: Collie Location: first house east of 307 Hairetown Road, just East of Hwy 81 Reported to: Washington Co.TN Sheriff Dept. 4-3-99 By Rick Heppert Habits: Habbitually runs back and forth across road between cyclist. Offending days: 4-3-99 RHH ========================================================================= Animal: Collie Location: 326 Hairetown Road Reported to: Washington Co.TN Sheriff Dept. 12-18-99 By Rick Heppert Habbits: Runs across infront of and chases cyclist barking at heals. Offending days: 12-18-99 RHH ========================================================================= Animal: Dachshund Location: Sid Martin Road Near SPS in Gray, TN Reported to: Habits: Habbitually runs back and forth across road between cyclist. Offending days: ========================================================================= Animal: 3 unknown Location: 231 Proffit Lane near 36 crossing Reported to: Habits: chasing. almost cause group wreck Offending days: 12-19-99 RHH ========================================================================= Animal: Location: Reported to: Habbits: Offending days: =========================================================================
Please report known offenders to the animals control warden local to the animal's resident.
Bristol TN 989-5537
Bristol VA 645-7400
Elizabethton 547-6359
Greene Co.TN 639-4771
Kingsport 246-9111
Aaron West AC Supervisor Sullivan County 279-2741 -->
Sullivan County Animal Control will press charges to recover damages for any witnessed incident, with an officer report, of an animal causing personal or property damages. plane4499 AT embarqmail.com
Washington Co.TN 926-8769
Washington Co.VA 669-7037,676-6210

Report specifically dangerous animals or ones who cause injuries to YOUR local 911 which can transfer you to the offenders local/county if neccessary.
Then report to this site for posting to prove a record of habitual activity:

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========================================================================= (--- from TN Code. Copied from Judicial link of TN web site 5-2-98 ----) ========================================================================= 44-8-408. Dogs not allowed at large - Exception. Statute text It is unlawful for any person to allow a dog belonging to or under the control of such person, or that may be habitually found on premises occupied by the person, or immediately under the control of such person, to go upon the premises of another, or upon a highway or upon a public road or street; provided, that this section and § 44-8-409 shall not apply to a dog on a hunt or chase, or on the way to or from a hunt or chase, nor to a dog guarding or driving stock, or on the way for that purpose, nor to a dog being moved from one (1) place to another, by a person owning or controlling a dog; provided, however, that the foregoing exemptions shall not apply unless all damages done by dogs therein exempted, to to damaged, or to the person's agent, within thirty (30) days after the damage is done. e) It is not a defense to prosecution for a violation of subsection (b) and punished pursuant to subdivision (g)(1), (g)(2) or (g)(3) that the dog owner exercised reasonable care in attempting to confine or control the dog. (f) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution for a violation of subsection (b) and punished pursuant to subdivision (g)(4) or (g)(5) that the dog owner exercised reasonable care in attempting to confine or control the dog. (g)(1) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by fine only ($50). (2) A violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by fine only ($500) if the dog running at large causes damage to the property of another. (3) A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fine only ($2500) if the dog running at large causes bodily injury, as defined by § 39-11-106, to another. (4) A violation of this section is a Class E felony if the dog running at large causes serious bodily injury, as defined by § 39-11-106, to another. (5) A violation of this section is a Class D felony if the dog running at large causes the death of another. Other TN code stipulates a death caused by a dog trained or used to fight or known to be dangerous is a Class C felony. ----------------------------------------------------------------- [Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1.] 39-14-205. Intentional killing of animal. Statute text (a) (1) A person who intentionally or knowingly unlawfully kills the animal of another, with the intent to deprive the owner of the right to the animal's life and without the owner's effective consent commits theft of that animal and shall be punished under § 39-14-105. (b) A person is justified in killing the animal of another if such person acted under a reasonable belief that the animal was creating an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury to such person or another or an imminent danger of death to an animal owned by such person. A person is not justified in killing the animal of another if at the time of the killing such person is trespassing upon the property of the owner of such animal. ================================================================= Kingsport City Ordenances Nov. 15, 1994. From web site. ================================================================= Dogs Article II Section 14-36 Dogs are not permited to run at large except on owners premises. =================================================================
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In the case of overly friendly dogs, is is NOT RECOMMENDED to do ANYTHING to encourage such behaviour. Friendly dogs have been known to follow riders for miles, endangering the riders and the dog who does NOT belong in the road and can be killed by motorist, attacked by other dogs when entering their territory, or simply lost. Doing what you can to discourage following bikers just may save his life and injuries to yourself or other riders. =================================================================
What Dogs to Watch Out For?
Any dog, friendly or not, can cause a serious accident.
The US Center For Disease Control has compiled the following:
4.7 million people are bitten by a dog each year.
Of those, 386,000 require medical attention.
(note- this does not include wrecks/injuries caused by loose dogs that didn't bite)
Between 1979 and 1996 one-third of the 300 dog attacks in the US were from Pit Bulls.
Between 1993 and 1996 over one-half of the fatal dog encounters were from Rottweilers.
Other high incident breeds: German Shepherd, Husky, Malamute, Doberman, Chow Chow,
Great Dane and Saint Bernard.

Over the last 20 years, 32% of deaths from dog bites were from pit bulls. Today two-thirds of deaths are from Pit Bulls, yet they account for only 5% of all dogs.


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10 Most Dangerous Breeds Virginia's dangerous dog law/ registry can be applied if a person is injured by a dog in any way, not limited to bites. After an injury, call the police or sheriff’s dept. immediately, and insist that they press charges.
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