Dog owners speak in Marshall Co. mauling

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- After A Marshall County girl was mauled by a neighbor’s dogs this past weekend, the owner of the dogs involved in the attack is sharing her side of the story. Teddy Safo has more.

The 13-year-old girl is back in school and recovering after she was attacked almost a week ago. On Friday, KXII-TV spoke with the dog's owner about the attack.

Marni Taylor is the owner of the two dogs that authorities say mauled a Marshall County teen this past weekend.

"Me and Tim Lynn would like to express our sincere apology to the child for the dog attack it could have been avoided and were truly sorry."

Since then both dogs -- a mastiff and a heeler -- have been euthanized. So has her black lab, which was not involved in Sunday’s mauling.

That Labrador retriever reportedly attacked Taylor’s brother-in-law, Kenneth Lynn, on Monday.

"She was the only one not involved in the attack...he shot that dog in self defense."

Marshall County assistant district attorney Gary Brown says there is no provision in state law that says a person can or cannot shoot a dog that attacks a person. Lynn was arrested for animal cruelty after the shooting because the lab was not dead when he dumped the animal. He was in court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Taylor says this has been a painful lesson for all involved, and she says all dogs should be chained and she apologizes for her dogs' behavior.

"All of us, including our step-son, Taylor, we just wish you to get well soon we’re glad that you made that recovery and that you’re back at school and we’re sorry."

Brown also says there is a state law which says a dog that attacks livestock can be shot, but once again there is no provision that says a person can or cannot shoot a dog in self defense.

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  • by bertha Location: sherman on Feb 20, 2008 at 11:25 PM
    what ever became of this story. there has not been an update on what ever happened to the man who allegadely shot the dog that was trying to attack him, why hasn't anyone ever asked him what happened. this is a one sided story. can we have an up date please.
  • by TAYLER SKILES THE GIRL THAT IT HAPPENED TO Location: POWELL on Feb 4, 2008 at 01:00 PM
  • by cowboy Location: on a horse on Jan 19, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    to biscuit: first of all if you take stray dogs to durant they will not take them because they are not from bryan county and then they will charge you to take them in so its cheaper to take care of them your self there are so many strays dumped in the country that one has to do what they can afford just don't get caught doing for getting anything done about it try calling the humane society and report animal abuse they don't care. there has been numerous phone calls made to these money grubbing people and they just want you to keep donating to the shelters and then charge for animals that are dropped off. maybe these people need to be checked out also. would also like to ask that kxii run a follow up of this ongoing story in powell as the child still is NOT back in school. so how about a follow up please
  • by biscuit Location: denison on Jan 17, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    Dog owners of Powell.Any dog that is forced to live on a chain can and will be aggressive.If you can't provide a fenced area then you do not need a dog.Why are you letting the dogs roam about freely?You can save yourselves A BULLET and take the dog to a shelter.Is it really that hard to take your dog to a shelter where they can get a better life?If anyone sees a dog that is not being cared for you can take it to a shelter.A dog does not need to BE KILLED BY A BULLET because of Human Stupidity.Durant has several animal shelters.If you want to help and solve this problem you got to get up and do something about this.Have some compassion for animals please.I have lived near the Powell area.Parents, why are they letting their kids play in the street? And you are worried about dog attacks WHAT ABOUT THE CARS?
  • by Dog Handler Location: Denison on Jan 15, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    Haven't ever heard of Powell OK, but its obvious that these dogs had a past of being known as Aggresive just by the comments below, this is totally the owners fault. MAKE SURE YOUR DOG IS SECURE, whether its a Yorkie or a Mastiff! ANY dog is dangerous, ANY dog will bite, ANY dog will scare/harm/threaten a child, Aggresive or NonAggresive. KEEP YOUR PETS AND CHILDREN CONTAINED OR DONT HAVE THEM. I know what it is like to have a dog that deep down you know is aggresive but you love it so you don't do anything, you let it run around with the other dogs, mine luckily only attacked a fellow dog and it wasn't a child, it was the most brutal thing I've ever seen (I haven't seen very much in my life as I'm only 20) but seeing my other dog laying there after being mauled, I realized, when you see the aggresive tendancies, THAT DOG NEEDS TO BE PUT DOWN, whether being shot or youthanized or by other means. Its like letting a robber who steals something small get away until someday its a bank.
  • by Sonja Kliens Location: Powell on Jan 14, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    The area that every has named Buckalew bend, is a very dangerious area to drive thru. There is always a multiude of children playing in the road. It looks like if the a dog owner must keep his dog on a chain. Just maybe the parents of the area should keep the kids out of the street. I bet if someone where to check there have been mutiple reports of children in the streets from Buckalew Bend to Chig Hill. The Road Ain't no Playground. With or with out wild attack dogs roaming free. The children of that area need to stay the hell outa the road. There is going to come a time when KXII is over there doing a report on how some poor little kid got ran over and killed or mangled by car.
  • by Cupcake Mafia Location: wherever on Jan 14, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    To anonymous in Sherman You need to shut your mouth I heard it my self did you? UMM no so before you comment me make sure you get your facts straight. I know these ppl and you don't.
  • by Mike Location: Sherman, TX on Jan 14, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    It seems every week there is a story about pit bulls, mastiffs, chows, etc., attacking and severely injuring or killing some older person or child. Then you hear the owner, if they can be found, claim that the animal is not aggressive, etc. I love animals probably more than the average person but these supposedly "non-aggressive" dogs, if found running loose, should be shot on sight, regardless of the owners stupidity. These people hear and see the same news stories so they can't legitimately claim they didn't know better.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 13, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    Cupcake Mafia, I guess when you hear stuff you think it is all true, have you ever heard of gossip!
  • by Joe Jack Location: Tulsa on Jan 13, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    I think the only "stupid" people are the ones that stick up for bad dog owners. Let her get more dogs and then see what happens. And the only reason why people would be saying that she would be a bad mother is because bad dog owners and bad parents go hand in hand.
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