MEAD, OK -- Mead residents are calling for change after their elderly neighbor was fatally mauled by two dogs yesterday afternoon. Kristen Shanahan broke the story Mondy, and she spoke with community members about the steps they are taking to make their town safer.
Mead residents brought their concerns to city hall Tuesday night. The two dogs believed to have attacked 92-year-old James Hurst have been removed from the neighborhood, but officials say no charges can be filed until test results prove the two pitbulls attacked and killed Hurst. Members of the community say they want the city to enforce its leash law to prevent more tragedies like this.
Teresa Edwards says her heart sank when she heard her neighbor James Hurst had been killed by dogs she has seen running the streets.
"I knew it was going to happen sooner or later because we have dogs, Pit Bulls running loose," Edwards said.
Mead has a city law that says dogs must be leashed in their yards, but Edwards says they have no police officers to enforce their rules. The Bryan County Sheriff's office says the county has no leash law and they cannot enforce city ordinances.
"It would be nice if we all had a law in the counties and the state with the control of dogs or animals, but the money involved is unbeliveable," Bryan County Sheriff Bill Sturch said.
City Council members say they are not waiting for another tragedy like the death of Mr. Hurst to take action. Tuesday night they met to discuss ways to fund some type of city law enforcement.
"I'm hoping this will take people up and the city council will get a police department here at least one officer, or two to patrol," Edwards said.
Edwards says she is glad to see people standing up for the safety of their community, but says something should have been done a long time ago.
"I'm upset that nothings been done and it's took this to, you know, make people stand up and notice,"Edwards said.
She says people may have not payed attention to the city leash law before, but she hopes they pay attention to it now.
"I would like to see the dog owners at least get their dogs and tie them up." Edwards said.
We tried to talk with the dog owners, but they refused to comment. No charges can be filed until test results determine if the two pitbulls in custody are the dogs that killed Mr. Hurst. Mead City Council Members say they are open to suggestions about how to fund city law enforcemnet.
If you would like to give them suggestions you can contact them at these emails: