Gallatin, TN asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee

Q: Can a dog catcher have me arrested if my dog bit someone in my yard and I don't want to give him my id for a cition?

A officer of city dog pound came to my home because a lady was running in my yard while my dog was on a leash and my dog bit her she said but there was 3 other dogs at large and she said it was my dog, she said she got scared and ran across the street,the officer came to my home about 1 HR or 2 later got on my face and demand my driver's license for a cition,I told him he didn't need it because constitution said only if I was committed or about to comment a crime which I never did,He told me I was going to go to jail for obstruction,I was in fear my safety so I went and got it and my phone and started video recording,He said he's been recording the whole time also and I stated I was going to get his video camera records, The next day he came with a search warrant and about 10 officer and took all my dogs,I called he sergant and told him I wanted to make a complaint And he stated I would go to jail for harrasment if I called again, what can I do?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The Officer could have taken you to Jail to start with. The Citation is given as a Summons to Court. But if you refuse the Citation, you can be arrested instead. It would have been better to take up your Case in Court, but now you may have several more Animal Charges brought against you. Be prepared to post Bond and hire a competent attorney, and find a Witness to the Dogs not attacking anyone.

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