Peak-Jones offers a different view on 911 aggressive dog call
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Aug 26, 2014 | 1568 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The case of the vicious dog 911 call which prompted the ouster of former animal shelter director Bobbi Anderson got a different telling at the Bradley County Commission meeting Monday.

SPCA President Betti Gravelle had said BCSO officers informed her an aggressive dog had been taken to the shelter and turned away by Anderson because of lack of space.

The dog then reportedly bit someone the next day and when the SPCA was called, there was a break in the communications and no follow-up phone calls concerning the situation were ever made.

SPCA board member Dan Rawls said at the SPCA meeting last week he had spoken to BCSO Chief Deputy W.A. “Buck” Campbell and was told Anderson had a pattern of this type of refusal to respond, and cited how such action could place the board in a state of liability.

Anderson admitted she probably should have tried to call back, but explained the cellphone she was using dropped the call and when she heard nothing else assumed the situation was under control.

Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones said she had spoken to Campbell about the 911 call which amplified the move to remove Anderson from her post on a charge of insubordination.

Peak-Jones said during an hourlong conversation Monday that Campbell told her “that half of [Campbell’s] words don’t get spoken when he tells something to certain people.”

“He said there have been several incidents with 911. He said it’s a learning process and things take time. You can’t just go out here and take every dog when you don’t have room. He understood that,” Peak-Jones said. “His officers understand that. They wouldn’t call unless it was a very aggressive dog. They were told not to. There was a protocol.”

Peak-Jones said Campbell said there had been incidents, “but [at] every incident, he personally went and talked to Bobbi, and they always got along.”

“He said 90 percent of the time it was favorable to work with SPCA and Bobbi,” Peak-Jones said.

She said when it came to the “negativity about this 911 call,” Campbell said “it was no big deal.”

“He said it was not a big deal to him, so I don’t know why it was a big deal to us,” Peak-Jones said.

She reiterated if the SPCA board had set a capacity as she stated was within the policies adopted by the board earlier this year, “Bobbi would not have been in violation of anything.”