Knox County Sheriff's Office unveils dangerous dogs map

Knox County Sheriff's Office unveils dangerous dogs map

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The sheriff's office says the map is similar to the crime map also found on the sheriff's website and how the TBI maps sex offenders. The sheriff's office says the map is similar to the crime map also found on the sheriff's website and how the TBI maps sex offenders.
The map includes a photo of each dangerous dog along with the homeowner's address and name. The map includes a photo of each dangerous dog along with the homeowner's address and name.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office has added a dangerous dog map on its website to track where dogs deemed dangerous by a court are living in the county.

The sheriff's office says the purpose of the map is to raise awareness and make neighborhoods safer for people and pets.

The map includes a photo of each dangerous dog along with the homeowner's address and name.

It also provides an explanation why the dog was named dangerous.

The reasons range from biting someone to killing another animal.

Joe Griffith learned from the map he's living near a dog that killed another dog after breaking loose.

"That's pretty scary," Joe Griffith said. "If I take my dog for a walk, it could get out."

"I'll keep my eyes out, my eyes open and I'm sure she will," he said, referring to his dog Dixie.

The sheriff's office says the map is similar to the crime map also found on the sheriff's website and how the TBI maps sex offenders.

"I think it's a good idea," Griffith said. "People need to be aware of what's going on in their neighborhood."

The dog map lists more than a dozen dangerous dogs in the county.

Quinton Smith also lives near a dangerous dog. Though he's not worried for his own safety, Smith believes the website can be a great service for parents or other pet owners.

"It's good for people with small children or small dogs that would like to know if there's a dog that could harm their dog or harm their children," Smith said.

One owner listed on the website told 6 News she was unaware her dog was named on the site.

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