Concern occurred before dog attack

Published 9:52 am Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A dog attack on Sugar Hill Road in late March resulted in the death of a neighbor’s dog.

However, neighbors said they have called the Animal Control Office with concerns about the dog, and that they have not been addressed.

The Dispatch sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Lunenburg County Administration and to the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office on April 3 to obtain all animal-related calls on Sugar Hill Road between January 2018 and April 2019.

Documentation from the sheriff’s office, presented on April 9, show there were 22 calls on Sugar Hill Road related to animal concerns between Jan. 24, 2018, and April 3.

It isn’t clear from the list whether all of the calls were related to this one dog. However, there are case reports that show that, as far back as October 2018, there were concerns that the specific dog that attacked neighbor Ellis Andrews‘ dog could be dangerous.

Five of the calls came directly from a resident of Sugar Hill Road. The resident, called the county dispatch center on Oct. 17, 2018, to report having problems with dogs in the area and being afraid.

That call was redirected to animal control, according to the documentation. Ray Elliott, animal control officer, was reportedly at Sugar Hill Road on Oct. 19, 2018. The resident called on March 20, according to records, which cited that the dog chased a resident into their house.

A little more than a week later, on March 29, records show that Andrews contacted Elliott reporting that the dog attacked his dog.

Elliott took Andrews’ dog to a nearby veterinary office shortly after the attack on March 29. Andrews’ dog was put down due to the severity of the injuries.

Elliott said that a court case relating to the dog that attacked was heard in Lunenburg County recently. He said the dog that attacked is no longer with the owner.