Buncombe Co. Orders Moratorium on Transfers of Pit Bulls to Humane Society

Updated: Friday, July 17 2015, 04:00 AM EDT
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- After a 6-year-old child was killed last week by a pit bull, Buncombe County officials are asking the Asheville Humane Society review its adoption process for the breed.  In the meantime, no pit bulls, or pit bull mixes will go from the animal shelter to an adoption agency. 

Buncombe County's Assistant County Manager sent a letter to the Asheville Humane Society on Thursday. 

"We want to make sure their processes are sound and that the county is assured that those processes are appropriate for the animals that come into the shelter," said Jim Holland, with Health and Human Services. 

The letter requests the humane society provide the details of the transfer process of the dog that attacked 6-year-old Josh Strother in Henderson County on July, 7th.

Josh's parent discovered his body laying on the other side of the neighbor's fence in Mountain Home with fatal wounds to his head and neck.

The dog owners recently adopted the dog from Asheville Humane.  When Deputies first responded to the attack, they immediately shot and killed the dog.  They say they had to, because of how aggressive it was acting. 

According to a statement from the Asheville Humane Society last week, the dog "Did not exhibit any aggressive behavior...this dog came in as a stray so we did not know his history, only his behavior while he was with us, which gave no indication that he would have any issue of this type."

The letter requests the humane society provide them with a "thorough documentation" of the "temperament testing procedures in place" for the dogs. It also asks the humane society provide the definition it uses to determine the health of an animal suitable for transfer for an adoption agency.

"The ultimate goal is to make sure that animals that leave the shelter are appropriate for adoption, and that the community has the opportunity to adopt animals that are great for them, and that they can find their forever home," said Holland. 

One Asheville dog owner felt the county was punishing all pit bulls.

"It's like when one guy screws up and everybody pays," said Sanford Cohen. 

Buncombe Co. Orders Moratorium on Transfers of Pit Bulls to Humane Society
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