Smyrna Dog Owner Speaks Out After Wife Arrested - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Smyrna Dog Owner Speaks Out After Wife Arrested for Violating Tethering Laws

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

SMYRNA, Del. - Demetric Isabell of Smyrna says he can't believe his wife was arrested on Tuesday, after police say the couple violated the town's dog tethering laws.

"It's stupid. If they see a visible wound on a dog then they can charge you. It's ridiculous," said Isabell.
       
Smyrna police say they found the dog tethered in the couple's yard with open wounds on both of its ears. Owners say the arrest should have never happened.

Isabel said his 4-year-old pit bull Mabel was bitten by a fly. He said the wound then opened up.

"I had to put spray on it to keep the flies off, but they (police) got me because they saw this wound here. It's crazy," said Isabell.
        
Police says Michelle Dillmore was charged with tethering the injured dog at the couple's home along Chestnut Street. She was fined $50, and according to her husband had to pay a $500 court fine.

This is the first arrest Smyrna police made in a tethering case. The ordinance was passed this summer.

Chief Wilburt Bordley of the Smyrna Police Department says animals with visible wounds should not be tethered. Bordley says pet owners should practice pet safety.

"Properly supervise them as you would with your children," said Bordley.
     
According to Isabel, a neighbor alerted authorities.

"The cop showed up saying people called and said my dog bleeding and he was abused, but he just had a fly bite on his ear. I've been putting ointment on him to heal him. My dogs are healthy and I take good care of them," said Isabel.  

Isabel said he and his wife are now considering moving out of the area.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Postal Workers Union to Protest Staples Program

    Postal Workers Union to Protest Staples Program

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:11:01 GMT
    Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.Thursday's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states, including a rally in Dover, Del.More
    Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.Thursday's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states, including a rally in Dover, Del.
    More
  • Applications for U.S. Unemployment Aid Jump to 329K

    Applications for U.S. Unemployment Aid Jump to 329K

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:23:04 GMT
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.More
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.More
  • Arrest Made in Dover Shooting

    Arrest Made in Dover Shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:30:09 GMT
    Dover police have arrested a man accused of firing several gunshots during an argument with his girlfriend.More
    Dover police have arrested a man accused of firing several gunshots during an argument with his girlfriend.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service