Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gated-community residents snarl over pit bulls

Brentwood, TN

In 2006, the old board amended the association's bylaws to prohibit pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, rottweilers, chow chows, wolf hybrids and any dogs trained to attack or fight. But a judge ruled that the amendment was invalid and restrained the board from enforcing it.

The Cains spent most of 2008 on their 600-acre farm in Maury County, where one of the dogs, Isabellad was hit and killed by a car. The Cains bought another pit bull, Millie. The old board offered to let the Cains bring their pit bulls back if they agreed to pay $20,000, keep them on a leash when outside, keep a muzzle on Max, never walk the dogs together and take them on walks only when the golf course was closed. The Cains turned the offer down.

Anne Cain said her husband spent $60,000 on the case.

"You have to fight for what's right and this has been wrong. We had no choice but to defend ourselves and our dogs."