Carver, the search-and-rescue Border Collie who was a beloved and valued member of the Thomasville Rescue Squad died on Monday from the injuries he suffered when two Pit Bulls owned by Antonio Nowell, broke into his yard and viciously mauled the gentle dog last week.
The Pit Bulls were already declared “potentially dangerous” by Forthsyth County Animal Control because of killing another dog in a similar manner in January, according to a prior report.
Thomasville Rescue Squad Asst. Chief Scott McCaskill explained to WFMY News 2 that Carver was the only dog in the state of North Carolina who was trained to locate survivors in the rubble after a building collapse.
McCaskill said that it could take at least another year to train a replacement for Carver; and, with the potential for any type of weather or manmade disaster, the entire state is at risk without the gentle and courageous Border Collie’s special skills to find those who are injured or killed in a building collapse.
Officers were called to a dog attack in Winston-Salem last Thursday. A neighbor witnessed the incident and ran to try to save Carver from the savage attack. He told the responding animal control officer that he saw two brown Pit Bulls from Antonio Nowelll’s home in the 3900 block of Laurel Grove Road run into a nearby backyard where they attacked Carver in his kennel, according to WFMY News 2.
The witness said he chased the two Pit Bulls out of the helpless and seriously injured Border Collie's kennel.
Antonio Nowell, the owner of the Pit Bulls was not home at the time of the incident, officials reported. WFMY News 2 says animal control officials spoke with Nowell's son, who was advised by his father to sign the two Pit Bulls, Dillon and Nika, over to the officer.
Forsyth County Animal Control Director Tim Jennings told WFMY News 2 that Nowell had already been cited for the two Pit Bulls running at large and being potentially dangerous. At that time he was ordered to keep both dogs confined in a special enclosure and on non-retractable leashes if they were let out. The Pit Bulls were off-leash and at large when they attacked Carver, Jennings said. The investigating officer said it looked like the Pit Bulls were able to dig their way out of their kennels.
After the attack, Animal Control Director Jennings blamed the owner of the Pit Bulls for being irresponsible and said, “It’s really sad, because the dogs basically are just being dogs.”
The Pit Bulls - one male and one female - were euthanized on Tuesday, after the owner relinquished them, according to WFMY News 2.
Jennings said the case has been turned over to the Forsyth County District Attorney's Office for review
Thomasville Rescue Squad and those who have read about this senseless and terrifying fatal attack on Carver join in mourning the tragic loss of this heroic dog.