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Friday, July 28, 2006

Update on fatal dog attack in KCK

A lot of developments in Thursday's dog attack on a 71-year-old woman in KCK ...

- A 32-year-old man's been charged with involuntary manslaughter. My coworker, Bob Cronkleton, interviewed Derrick D. Lee on Friday, when he was in court for an unrelated case. Lee said he hadn't been staying in the neighborhood for months, and he denied responsibility for Thursday's attack.

- The victim, Jimmie Mae McConnell, had extensive bites, but the county coroner says preliminary autopsy reports indicate she died from cardiac arrhythmia, brought on by the trauma of the attack.

- KCK is announcing a pit bull amnesty for owners to turn over their dogs. It'll last two weeks. Details below:

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Animal Control participated in a press conference at the Police Headquarters at 700 Minnesota announcing the Pit Bull Amnesty Program. The program consists of extended hours for the relinquishing of ownership of illegal Pit Bulls.

The Animal Control Center is located at 3301 Park Drive, Kansas City, Kansas, and will continue to operate the normal business hours of: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday.

The Pit Bull Amnesty Program hours are: 8:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. – Saturday and Sunday.

This program starts immediately and will last for two weeks. The phone number for Animal Control is 913-321-1445. A hotline established for this program the number is 913-573-8911.

Procedure for relinquishing custody of illegal animal under City Ordinance 7-130:

- upon arrival to the Animal Control Center, please keep the illegal animal in your vehicle.

-contact Animal Control Staff and follow their direction as to what needs to be done with the animal.

- the State of Kansas requires a very brief form signed by the owner to relinquish custody of the animal.

- the extended hours of operation are ONLY for the relinquishment of illegal animals under KCK City Ordinance 7-130. All normal Animal Control operations will continue during this amnesty program.

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