Board of Adjustment upholds four citations, denies two in pit bull appeal

Published 7:52 pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Polk County Board of Adjustment upheld three citations regarding  Screven Road pit bulls frequently running at large, but granted appeals for two citations for interfering with an animal control officer.

The board of adjustment made its decisions regarding six citations that were appealed by Byran, Judith and Brad Nelson during a meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Judith Nelson was given three citations for dogs frequently running at large and one citation for interference with an animal control officer, while Byran and Brad Nelson were each issued one citation for interference with an animal control officer during an Oct. 3 incident.

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Animal control officers were called to the Nelsons’ property in Tryon on Sept. 27 in response to a neighbor’s complaint that three pit bull dogs belonging to residents of 375 Screven Road were running at large and attacked the neighbor’s dog.

The Nelsons were given until Oct. 4 to get the dogs vaccinated, but were called back to the residence on Oct. 3 in response to a complaint that three pit bulls were harassing a Carolina Yarn Processors (CYP) employee on CYP property.

While Brad Nelson testified and provided a picture of another dog in the neighborhood that looked like one of his dogs and said there was another dog that looked similar to another one of his dogs, the board found that the three pit bulls harassing the CYP employee were the three pit bulls belonging to the Nelsons.