WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The owner of a dog that attacked a cyclist is speaking out.
Ashtyon Slavens, owner of “Bebe” the pitbull mix, said she was home when the attack happened.
However, contrary to previous reports, she claimed her dog was provoked prior to the attack.
“I am very sorry for what happened to [Richard Holt,]” Slavens said. “My dog had to have been provoked. Because, my dogs are not known for violence. My dogs do not attack anybody unless there is a reason.”
Friday (Feb. 19) night, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office took Slavens dogs from her. Sheriff Tim Helder said the deputies felt the dog was vicious.
The dog, Bebe, was taken to the pound. Two other dogs, Gracie and Diesel, were also taken by deputies.
Slavens said Diesel and Gracie were not directly involved in the attack.
Slavens said the dogs are not vicious, and have never had any issues before.
“I have had random officers knock on my door, and [the dogs] did nothing to them,” Slavens said.
Slavens planned to pay the necessary fines for the attack, as she took responsibility for Holt’s injuries.
“I feel so sorry for him. But, my dogs will not be put down. My dogs will not be hurt because of one mistake,” Slavens said. “I am perfectly fine with paying a lot of money, if that is what it takes for my dog to live. Because, they are like my kids.”