‘It’s getting out of control’: Hickman County concerned about loose dogs

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Off the leash, and out of control, several county residents claim Hickman County is overrun by man’s best friend.

It’s an issue across the county.

“Loose dogs, dogs at large everywhere you go,” said resident, Jennifer Kenny.

A problem one horse and her rider have seen firsthand.

“I was taking out my one horse for a joy ride,” explained Jessie Kunz. “I don’t know, it was so fast, and there were like seven to eight dogs coming from left and right, attacking us.”

Armed with nothing but her phone and unsure how her horse might react, Kunz was forced to find another way home.

“Honestly, I took a totally different way just to get out of there. Ended up three hours lost in the woods.”

Kenny, from the Lyles area, has a dog pack all her own. But due to this growing problem, her three dogs are largely stuck behind a white picket fence.

“You never know when a stray dog is gonna come up,” she said. “I love going on walks with my dogs, and I can’t do that in this county.”

The problem lies in funding. County officials told News 2 that a county wide animal control program would be too costly, meaning control is up to the owners.

“It’s a mentality, it’s a country living mentality,” said Kenny. “I don’t think anyone really takes it seriously.”

“It’s getting out of control,” said Kunz.

And as those numbers continue to climb, Kunz is concerned for what it might mean for her horse rides.

“If you have a dog, or cat, or horse, no matter what it is, you are to take care of,” said Kunz. “Make sure that everyone is safe.”