70-year-old woman, dog recovering after reported attack on Tweetsie Trail

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A Johnson City woman and her dog are recovering after he was attacked by four other dogs on the Tweetsie Trail last week.

Joan Stark, 70, said she broke her arm after being knocked down during the attack.

“They had to put a metal plate in and that happened this past Thursday,” Stark said.

She said the four dogs were on leashes but the owner lost control of the dogs before they attacked her dog, Barkus. 

“Three of his legs were bitten, the other two are healing,” Stark said. “The one in the front is not healing as well.”

She said she wants other walkers and dog owners to be aware.

“You think that you’re safe whenever you’re walking on that trail but apparently not,” Stark said. “I think they need to become aware of the fact that this can happen.”

The trail is operated by the city of Johnson City. A sign of the rules is located near the entrance of the trail.

While rules are in place, Assistant City Manager Charlies Stahl said the trail is only patrolled by police seasonally. 

“It is not routinely patrolled after hours and nor is it routinely patrolled during the day,” Stahl said. “We are certainly concerned that anybody taking an animal on a trail has that animal on a leash and has it under control.”

According to state law, dog owners can be liable if the owner’s dog causes a person or a person’s property harm.

But for this incident, the owner has to come forward.

If you have any information, call the Johnson City Police Department at 423-434-6158.

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