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LEBANON -- A dog involved in the Aug. 7 attack on a local dentistwas determined by a Wilson County Circuit Court Judge to be a danger to public safety, and was humanely destroyed on Friday, Aug. 26, by Lebanon Animal Control.

The Rottweiler Roxy, which was owned by Stephanie Beggs, 26, of 420 Amarillo Drive, was ordered to be destroyed by Circuit Court Judge John D. Wootten Jr., Friday based on a petition by District Attorney General Tommy Thompsons office.

According to the court order, three witnesses testified, including the victim, Dr. Theresa Larkins, a Lebanon dentist, who as a result of the attack had several stitches in her chin and lacerations on her hand.

Lebanon Police Officers David McKinley and Tim Murray also testified as well as Stephanie Cox from Lebanon Animal Control.

The dog was determined by Wootten to be a danger to the public and was ordered to be destroyed as humanely as possible. The costs of upkeep since the dog was in Animal Control custody and the cost of destruction are taxed to Beggs.

Josh Greer, animal control officer, said the dog was humanely destroyed on Aug. 26, adding that as soon as the department receives the order, they must carry it out the same day.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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