Danny Higgins of Dyersburg is the owner of 2 ½-year-old Beau, a lovable animal to some that know him. However, because of an incident that occurred on Sept. 19, 2014, the Dyersburg City Court has deemed Beau a “vicious” animal and he will be euthanized next week unless the appeals of Higgins are heard. Higgins presented his case before Judge Dean Dedmon in Dyersburg City Court on Sept. 26. Higgins did not have any witnesses to testify on his behalf.
On Sept. 19, 2014, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the DPD was dispatched to the home of Higgins where it was reported Beau, a lab, golden retriever and German shepherd-mix dog, had attempted to bite an 8-year-old boy and also killed a duck owned by the juvenile.
According the Dyersburg Police Report narrative filed by Officer Heather Winchester, “I was dispatched in reference to a vicious dog running loose in the area. The dog was described as a golden color lab mix. On arrival, I did see the dog in question running around the trailer park area. I made contact with the juvenile that filed the complaint and he stated his eight-year-old brother was playing outside and the dog came up and attempted to bite him. He said the dog also killed one of their ducks. Animal Control officer Paige Turnage arrived on scene.”
When Officer Winchester attempted to make contact with the dog it circled around Turnage and her. The dog showed aggressive tendencies toward Winchester however, and a neighbor was able to capture Beau and place him in Turnage’s vehicle. Winchester attempted to contact Higgins, however he was out of town at the time of the incident. A neighbor was able to contact Higgins and Winchester informed him of what had taken place and a citation had been issued. Higgins was also informed that his dog would remain in the custody of animal control at the Humane Society and he could not receive the dog until he appeared in court.
On Sept. 23, Higgins went to the Dyersburg Police Department and received his city ordinance citation for vicious dogs, which sates, “Any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to, or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals.”
On Sept. 26, Higgins appeared before Judge Dean Dedmon in Dyersburg City Court and presented his case. Animal Control Officer Paige Turnage also gave her testimony before the court.
Turnage stated, “The reason for the call I received was because a dog had killed a duck and had chased a little boy into the house. I never saw the duck. By the time I got there, the officer was already on the scene. I was going to go ahead and take the dog into custody because the officer said she was going to issue a vicious citation. We walked toward the dog, the dog charged at us and then changed his mind and ran off in the opposite direction around us. One of the people who live in the trailer park snatched the dog by the collar and put it on the truck. The dog had his hackles raised and he was growling.”
During the court proceedings, Higgins asked Turnage about the whereabouts of the duck that the dog is supposedly responsible for killing.
Turnage responded, “I didn’t see the duck. I don’t know anything about the duck. I was just responding to dispatch’s request.”
Higgins replied, “You see my dog every day, do they think my dog is a vicious dog?”
Turnage answered, “The dog was aggressive when he first got there. He would bear his teeth and act aggressive. As he got to know us, he has become better and now we can all play with him. He is smart. He could be aggressive (towards me) because he has seen me pick up other animals.”
As a result of the findings in the case, the court ordered Beau should be euthanized on Oct. 21, 2014, if no appeal has been made before that date. Higgins must also pay restitution to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society in the amount of $253 for boarding and pickup fees. If Higgins appeals the court order, the total restitution will be in the amount of $373 for the total boarding fees and pickup fees.
Judge Dean Dedmon read the city ordinance and stated his finding.
“I find the animal is declared to be vicious under the circumstances, barring no other testimony to the contrary. I trust Turnage’s testimony and I am declaring this animal to be vicious. I am declaring that you are going to have to comply with the terms of the city’s vicious dog ordinance if you intend to keep this animal,” said Dedmon.
When asked if he intends on keeping the animal and paying the costs accrued, Higgins stated, “I can’t afford that.”
Dedmon continued, “I find the animal to be vicious, I find that the animal will be destroyed on the morning of Oct. 21. That is past the 10 days of your right to appeal. You have the right to appeal.”
Higgins said, “The people had ducks that were going everywhere looking for food and I have a garden with greens in it. I try to keep them out of it. My neighbor called and told me someone was picking my dog up and I asked why and they said it was because he killed a duck. I do not have the money to pay for everything they need me to. I bring him treats every day (at the Humane Society). I come here every chance I can. My dog has never bit anyone. He has not and he will not bite anyone. My neighbors know he is not a vicious dog.”
We are getting down to crunch time now as the first of several power rankings will come out on 10/28 giving us an indication where the panel is leaning towards for our first “playoff” in college football. I am sure that there will be a lot of controversy when we see what the Top 4 teams look like but the reality is, there is a ton of football to be played. Let the season play out! Let the top teams beat up on each other and teams will eliminate themselves, it’s that simple. Right now, if the season were to end today, my Final Four is FSU, 2 teams from the SEC (WEST), and Notre Dame. It’s not that complicated. However, as I said earlier, many of these teams have to play each other and they will knock themselves out of the hunt. The SEC haters out there can’t fathom 2 or 3 teams from the SEC in the Final Four, but that is just your blindness to the fact that the SEC, in particular the West this year, is SUPERIOR to all other teams out there. This is a down year for the ACC and FSU is struggling. Oklahoma was the preseason #1 and they already have 2 losses. The Big 12 will now start beating up on each other and their conference champion will have 2 losses. The PAC 12 was supposed to be the premier conference this year. UCLA was the media darling and they have 2 losses ( should have 1 or 2 more ). What has happened to the Stanford machine? Oregon may still be the best team in the conference but how can you give up 41 points to Cal and expect to be a Final Four contender? And then there is the Big 10. A conference that screams for respect but gets none and deserves none. I think America is finally catching on and realizing that this is a dinosaur conference. Michigan State goes on the road and loses it’s chance for national recognition versus Oregon. Ohio State loses it’s only non conference game of significance against an awful Virginia Tech team. You only have to ask yourself this one question. What would Oregon, FSU, Ohio State, or Michigan State do if they played in the SEC? Would they be 6-6? Would they be 7-5? Would they even be talked about nationally? Put Georgia in any conference in America and they would be undefeated ( as long as they didn’t have to play South Carolina ). Put Mississippi or Mississippi State in any other conference in the country and they would be undefeated – oops – they are in the SEC West and are still undefeated!! How about Alabama? I guarantee they would be undefeated in any other conference. Trust me, LSU or Arkansas would at WORST be 6-1 in any other conference. Think Texas A&M would be a 3 loss team in the ACC? Or the Big 10? A To Z On Sports is the VOR – Voice Of Reason when it comes to college football!
Let’s break down the schedules of the contenders ( and pretenders ) to see who has the best shot to reach the Final Four:
- FSU – @ Louisville, H vs. Virginia, @ “The U”, H vs. Boston College, and H vs. Florida. Put it in the books…they are in with that cream puff schedule…unless Jameis gets…you can fill in the blanks here
- Mississippi – @ LSU, H vs. Auburn, H vs. PC, @ Arkansas, H versus Mississippi State. Win ‘em all and you are in! Lose just 1, and you still have a chance. This is what I mean by the current top teams having to knock each other off down the stretch.
- Mississippi State - @ Kentucky, H vs. Arkansas, H vs. Tennessee, @ ‘Bama, H versus Vanderbilt, @ Ole Miss. Holy cow! Win all of these games and you lock down the #1 seed for the Final Four. Lose 1 and you should still get in. How HUGE could that final game of the year, the Egg Bowl versus Mississippi be? What would Oregon, Ohio State, and Michigan State do with a schedule like that?
- Alabama - @ Tennessee, @ LSU, H vs. Mississippi State, H vs. Western Carolina, H vs. Auburn. No question, win against that type of schedule, and you surely deserve to be in! Lose 1 and it will be up to the committee!
- Notre Dame - @ Navy, @ Arizona State, H versus Northwestern, H vs. Louisville, @ USC. With their schedule already, if the Irish can win out, there is no doubt they will be in. Everyone knows that they should have beaten the convicts if not for a questionable “home” call.
- Georgia - Florida ( neutral site ) in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, @ Kentucky, H vs. Auburn, H vs. Charleston Southern, H vs. Georgia Tech. Thanks to South Carolina’s inability to hold a lead, they should be a cruise to the SEC East title and a shot for the SEC crown. If Georgia runs the table, it will be hard to keep them out of the Final Four!
- Auburn – H vs. South Carolina, @ Ole Miss, H vs. Texas A&M, @ Georgia, H vs. Samford, @ Alabama. Are you freaking kidding me? If they win out, they should be the #1 team in the country!!
- Oregon – H vs. Stanford, @ Utah, H vs. Colorado, @ Oregon State. Win out and they still may be on the outside looking in. If any of the SEC teams ahead of them falter, they may sneak in. If I were them, I would be scared to death of going to Utah!!
- Michigan State - The face of the Big 10. H vs. Meechigan, H vs. Ohio State, @ Maryland, H vs. Rutgers, @ Penn State. The winner of the MSU versus OSU game may still be in the race, the loser is definitely out. The weakness of the Big 10 as well as their soft non conference schedules will ultimately be their downfall.
- Ohio State - @ Penn State, H vs. Illinois, @ Michigan State, @ Minnesota, H vs. Indiana, H vs. Meechigan. See note above. Their debacle against Va. Tech looks worse week by week!
- Kansas State - H vs. Texas, H vs. Oklahoma State, @ TCU, @ West Virginia, H vs. Kansas, @ Baylor. Although they are on the outside looking in, if they were to win out and the Big Boys ahead of them all knock each other out, the Wildcats could edge their way in. If not for their turnovers vs. Auburn, they could be undefeated with a GREAT shot at playing in the Final Four.
- TCU - H vs. Texas Tech, @ West Virginia, H vs. Kansas State, @ Kansas, @ Texas, H vs. Iowa State. If not poor a poor decision by their coaching staff against Baylor, they could still be undefeated and knocking on the Final Four door! The Kansas State game will determine not only the Big 12 championship, but also if anyone from that conference has a Final Four chance.
- Baylor - H vs. Kansas, @ Oklahoma, H vs. Oklahoma State, @ Texas Tech, H vs. Kansas State. They had a shot, but losing at West Virginia will cost them any hope of a Final Four birth. Even if they win out, it may not be enough. In a weird way, West Virginia controls who will win the Big 12. They already beat Baylor and can end the dreams of both TCU and Kansas State!
So there you have it. The contenders and the pretenders for our first ever National Championship playoff. Like I said, there is a lot of football to be played. Hang on for the ride, kick back, and watch it all play out.
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