Dogs seized, home condemned after police arrest owner of dogs involved in Lincoln Co. attack


CONDITIONS INSIDE WERE SO BAD… THE HOUSE HAD TO BE CONDEMNED! TODAY… POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL SAY THEY ‘RESCUED’ A ‘DOZEN’ DOGS FROM A BOYLE COUNTY HOME. DANVILLE POLICE SAY THEY MADE THE DISCOVERY… AFTER ARRESTING 26-YEAR- OLD, CHRIS POPE THIS AFTERNOON. HE ALSO OWNS SEVEN OTHER DOGS THAT POLICE SAY… ATTACKED A WOMAN IN LINCOLN COUNTY YESTERDAY. TONIGHT… GARRETT WYMER TALKED TO SOME OF POPE’S NEIGHBORS. IT’S OUR TOP STORY AT 11. NEIGHBORS WERE SURPRISED TO SEE SO MANY CARS ON OLD SHAKERTOWN ROAD. “It was probably anywhere between 15 and 20 vehicles lined up all along the street in twos. It’s been officer cars, detective cars all up and down the street, mainly at the house over there.” DANVILLE POLICE SAY ANIMAL CONTROL TOOK IN FIVE DOGS AND SEVEN PUPPIES AFTER INVESTIGATORS RAIDED THIS HOME AND ARRESTED CHRIS POPE. POLICE CONTINUED SEARCHING THE HOME INTO THE EVENING. THAT HOUSE HAS NOW BEEN CONDEMNED. “Pope was arrested and booked into the Boyle County Detention Center, and then just an hour later was transferred here to the Lincoln County Regional Jail.” POPE FACES CHARGES IN LINCOLN COUNTY AFTER POLICE SAY SEVEN OF HIS OTHER DOGS ATTACKED A WOMAN THERE MONDAY. “Massive dogs come down here and chewed me all to hell. They chewed my arms off and my legs, and you need to hurry or I’m going to die.” NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WERE SHOCKED TO HEAR ABOUT THAT… BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD PROBLEMS WITH POPE OR THE DOGS HE HAD HERE ON OLD SHAKERTOWN. “Never had no noise complaints out of them, you couldn’t even tell they was there, they never barked at night or nothing, not loud dogs. Only way you knew they was there was if you seen them.” THOSE DOGS ARE NOW IN THE CARE OF THE BOYLE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY. IN DANVILLE… GARRETT WYMER… W-K-Y-T. POPE DECLINED OUR REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW FROM JAIL. COURT RECORDS SHOW SOME OF HIS DOGS WERE SEIZED EARLIER THIS YEAR… AFTER HE WAS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL ABUSE. BUT HE GOT THE DOGS BACK… AFTER THE CHARGE WAS AMENDED DOWN TO MISTREATMENT OF ANIMALS.

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