FOX19 Follow Up; City's dog ordinance may change following pit bull attack

By Dan Wells - bio | email

GREENDALE, IN (FOX19) -- The Fourth of July attack on a 3-year-old Indiana girl may change a city ordinance in Greendale.

It's certainly a complex issue, but Greendale city officials are determined to protect the area's most helpless residents with stronger animal restrictions.

Brayden Cochran is still recovering from a pit bull attack in her front yard.

"Now she's leery of strange dogs, she's had a few spells," said her father, Troy.

The attack happened in the Cochrans' driveway on July 4. Now, nearly two weeks later, Greendale city officials maybe changing laws to prevent this incident from happening again.

Currently, the city requires dogs deemed "vicious" to be kept behind a six foot fence in a secure pen, and not allowed on leashes with only children to control them.

However, the city solicitor is now exploring the legality of tightening restrictions on certain dog breeds.

"Whether it's a chow, German Shepherd, pit bull or Rottweiler, that's the ones we all go, that's a vicious dog, whether they are or not we don't know, but I think there are certain restraints we can take to make sure if they're out in the public they're not going to bite anyone," said Doug Hedrick, the mayor Greendale.

Brandy Sellers, the pit bull's owner, doesn't believe her pet was vicious, but rather provoked with a sparkler, and thinks the idea of a new ordinance is going too far.

"I think it come down to a stereotype in this case," she said. "We need to remember the ignorance of mankind has created this issue with these dogs."

Sellers says she has taken responsibility for the incident.

"On Monday the 14th, I put my dog down," she said. "He wasn't a year old yet. It was very painful for me. He was part of my family."

Troy Cochran says in this attack, his daughter was helpless. He says that shouldn't be the case for any other child.

"When I approached the council it wasn't just for me and my family, it was for the neighbors and this community," Cochran said.

Official changes to the city's dog ordinance haven't been made yet, but could come in a matter of weeks.

The good news in all of this the victim got her stitches out on Monday and is recovering.