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Knox Co. man attacked by dogs worried about their return to his neighborhood

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A court classified them as Level 1 dogs, meaning the owner has to follow certain rules, but can keep the dogs in his neighborhood.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — Two Rottweilers are back in Adam Slack’s neighborhood after they attacked him and his dog.

Slack said he was walking his dog, Lucy, when the two Rottweilers came toward them. He said they grabbed Lucy on either side and pulled her apart. Slack said when he tried to jump in and rescue Lucy, the dogs came after him.

Eventually, animal control officers came to Slack’s West Knox County neighborhood and took both of the dogs to Young-Williams Animal Center, a report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said.

The dog owner pleaded guilty to owning a Level One dangerous dog. Under the court’s order, the owner has to keep his dogs indoors or behind a fence on a leash when they’re not on their property, and the dogs have to take an obedience course.

Animal control will have to check the house periodically to make sure the dog owner is following all of the rules, according to Knox County ordinance. If not, they can be fined up to $50.

Slack said he feels trapped, like there’s nothing more he can do to prevent the next attack.

“If it was a child that gets hurt next time, I’m going to feel guilty,” Slack said. “You feel confident this is going to happen again. There’s nothing you can do about that, besides wait.”

He said Lucy is doing better now, but it took two weeks of treatment at the veterinarian to get her better. Slack said he still struggles with the trauma from the event and is seeing a therapist.

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