Bryan man meets conditions for keeping 'dangerous' pit bull

Eagle Staff Report

A pit bull that attacked two young children in Bryan last month was released Thursday to its owner after the man met state-mandated conditions for keeping a dangerous dog.

Bryan resident Timothy Terry took out $100,000 in liability insurance and created a restraining system in his yard that will prevent the dog from escaping, Brazos Animal Shelter Executive Director Kelly Durham said Friday. Terry also agreed to register his dog each year with the animal shelter.

Durham said that once Terry met those conditions, the shelter had to release the dog. Had the owner not met the conditions, the dog would have been destroyed, she said.

The pit bull jumped a fence at its home on Long Drive in early January and attacked 3- and 6-year-old siblings. The dog was taken into custody by Brazos County animal control officers and deemed dangerous.

Justice of the Peace Ray Truelove later agreed the dog was dangerous, clearing the way for it to be put down. Terry then had three options: allow the dog to be destroyed, appeal Truelove’s decision or take safety precautions, Durham said.

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