REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page told WFMY News 2 that his deputies honk before responding to a home to scan for any aggressive dogs.
It's not uncommon for Sheriff Page to hear that one of his deputies was bit by a dog. In fact, just last week one of his guys was bit by a pit bull mix.
The Rockingham County Sheriff's office also responds frequently to calls about dogs attacking livestock, chickens, bikers, and joggers.
The worst incident Sheriff Page can recall involved the death of a 9-year-old girl, named Tina Piraino. Three pit bulls owned by her neighbor attacked and killed her on her short walk from the bus stop to her home.
That inspired the leash law which is in effect throughout Rockingham County. Other animal control ordinances can be found here:
Sheriff Page recalls instances in his own career when he had to run from dogs or jump over chains with aggressive dogs attached to the end.
Ultimately, he believes his deputies have to protect themselves and that includes dogs. They're trained to react to all kinds of dangerous situations. There have been circumstances where deputies have had to shoot animals to protect themselves.
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