Beloved Chihuahua Killed By 'Vicious' Pitbull

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Cannon County resident Donna Falkenback enjoyed her life and time spent with the Chihuahua she had shared times with during the past five years.

All of that changed when her Chihuahua was savagely attacked and killed by a pit bull living next door, owned by Ricky Ray Mullins. According to Falkenback, the pitbull came onto her porch, attacked her dog and then drug it into the back yard and killed it.

It was not the first time one of Mullins’ “vicious” dogs had attacked a neighborhood animal.

This time; however, Falkenback took action and filed a report with the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department. Mullins has been charged with dog at large and will appear in Cannon County to answer the charges Nov. 2.

“(Mullins) has no remorse,” Falkenback said. “He wouldn’t even come clean the blood up off of my back porch. He is taking no responsibility for his dogs. It just does not bother him and that’s the reason I filed the report. He needs to take responsibility for his dog. I thought since his dog came into my yard and came onto my porch and killed my dog that they would come get it but they didn’t.”

Cannon County Sheriff Darrell Young said since there was not an animal shelter in the county it is difficult to pick up animals; however, he said there is rules people should abide by when it comes to their animals.

“If (the county) would build an animal shelter I would provide them manpower, but we don’t have a shelter,” Young said. “According to what the circumstances are, the first time something like this happens we strongly request the owner pen his animal up or make sure it can’t get out of the yard and into someone else’s. If it happens a second time they are issued a citation for dog at large.”

Falkenback said one of Mullins’ dogs previously attacked neighbor David Johnson’s dog.

“I’m in a motorized wheelchair and I ride that to visit my mother but it’s reached a point that I’m afraid to do that because if that dog came after me I couldn’t get away,” Falkenback said. “It’s a problem and owners have to understand they are liable for their animals. I hate what happened but I understand that sometimes things do happen. I just wish he had some remorse and feelings for others and their animals.”
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November 02, 2010 at 6:02am
Get you a shotgun and when this dog comes out of his owners yard shot the dog and if the owner comes into your yard threatening you shot him to its time we stand up to these punks who don't care about other people privacy and property.
November 02, 2010 at 6:27am
I agree with trailrider. State law will protect you when a threatening dog comes onto your property. If more people would take care of the problem this way, we wouldn't need an animal shelter and people would make sure their dogs stayed at home. If my dog gets on someone else's property and acts threatening or damages someone's property, then he deserves what he gets.
November 02, 2010 at 8:02am
cant pick up animal because...

first time -strongly suggest
second time - citation
third time - what? tongue lashing

I know Darrell can only work within the laws established and with the facilities and funds provided but this proves and shows a flawed judicial system.

There are young children playing in the streets of our town and we cant protect them from a known vicious animal running wild. We will spend money on signs and have sermon after sermon to protect them from the evils of alcohol. WHEN the next event happens who will be to blame-the low life dog owner or us?

rider & cedric-I agree 100%. I dont know the penalty for killing the dog but it is probably more than the owner who shouldn't get you more than 1 year in county jail.
November 02, 2010 at 9:13am

No one wants to accept the blame for their behavior. Its a poor excuse.

November 02, 2010 at 10:00am
Are they going to wait until a child gets attacked or killed before they do something with this dog?
November 02, 2010 at 8:55pm
Question? Where is Mr. Mullin's side of the story? Just wondering?
November 02, 2010 at 9:19pm
He will be afforded the opportunity to tell his side of the story in the next edition of the Courier. More information about the case is in Tuesday's General Session Court report.
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