Knoxville dogs that allegedly attacked teen are back home

Knoxville dogs that allegedly attacked teen are back home

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"It's like saying you can use a 13-year-old as a rag doll or a chew toy, its fine. And it's not," Alicia Carver said. "It's like saying you can use a 13-year-old as a rag doll or a chew toy, its fine. And it's not," Alicia Carver said.
Police say the girl was bitten several times by the two Boxer-mix dogs while she was walking to her school bus stop on Ball Road on Nov. 25. Police say the girl was bitten several times by the two Boxer-mix dogs while she was walking to her school bus stop on Ball Road on Nov. 25.
"My dogs are not vicious," Vic Tyler said. "My dogs are not vicious," Vic Tyler said.
Vic Tyler says the dogs got loose the night before the attack, but he doesn't think they did it. Vic Tyler says the dogs got loose the night before the attack, but he doesn't think they did it.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County mother is upset because she says the same dogs who attacked her teenage daughter last month have been returned to their owner.

Police say the girl was bitten several times by the two Boxer-mix dogs while she was walking to her school bus stop on Ball Road.

The girl was taken to the hospital, and the dogs were taken to Young-Williams Animal Center for evaluation.

Alicia Carver says her 13-year-old foster child was bitten six times by the dogs on November 25.

"Blood was down the left side of her body, and she couldn't even put her shirt down. It was just open wounds," Carver said.

The two dogs were quarantined for 10 days. Now, they're back with their owner Vic Tyler.

"It's like saying you can use a 13-year-old as a rag doll or a chew toy, its fine. And it's not," Carver said.

Tyler says his dogs have never bitten anyone before.

"My dogs are not vicious," Vic Tyler said.

Tyler says the dogs got loose the night before the attack, but he doesn't think they did it.

"They may have jumped on her, but biting her, no I don't think so. There are other dogs running around the neighborhood here. There have been coyotes killed around here," Tyler said.

Carver says part of the problem is the dogs are kept on a rope, not a chain. While Tyler says it wasn't his dogs that attacked the teen, he is trying to make sure they don't get loose again.

"I bought two new locks to put on their leashes to make sure this don't happen again," Tyler said.

Carver says she at least wants to see the dogs kept in a fence when they're outside.

"I just feel like it's going to happen again, if it's over looked it's going to happen again," Carver said.

Tyler will be in court December 12. He faces two dangerous dog citations. If the Knox County Sheriff's Office receives another call before this date, county animal control officers will pick up the dogs again. The department says this is standard procedure.

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