Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:20:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night. Robert McBride II was last seen leaving his residence on foot on Jamaica Avenue. He has a mohawk, andMore >>
The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:10:21 GMT
(WMC-TV)- Emergency crews have identified most of the 24 people who died, including 10 children, in the tornado Monday. An emergency management official said that six adults are still missing Wednesday. AboutMore >>
In Oklahoma, officials are now estimating the damage done by Monday's tornado to be around $2 billion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:05:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud. Former WestMore >>
The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:27:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated. Making it to the top 10 was Kris' goal. OneMore >>
Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:02:30 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims. With their hands full, people from all over Mississippi showed up at the Landers Center inMore >>
As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – They are often the most feared and fiercely defended breed of dog on the planet, and in Memphis, they're the biggest problem in animal control.
During a recent ride along with officer Brandon Winbush, it became clear that one breed consumes most of his time on the job.
"I'd say eighty percent of the calls we get pertain to pit bulls," Winbush said.
Winbush works in a city officials say is overrun with pit bulls - a breed that, if neglected, can be dangerous and deadly.
"For whatever reason, that breed specifically is being over bred here," Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn said in a recent interview.
Over bred, and running loose in some neighborhoods across the city. Tarriona Rhea, 9, who loves to play with her own dog, was attacked by pit bull last November. She received 42 stitches after a pit bull dug his way into her grandparents' back yard.
Rhea's aunt, Ersie Harris, said a loaded gun put an end to the attack that could have killed the little girl.
"A gun, and the grace of God just having mercy on her that day," Harris said.
According to Dr. Stephen Tower, who chairs the Memphis Animal Services Advisor Board, it's a problem that spreads from the streets to the Memphis Animal Shelter.
"Between 60 and 80 percent of the animals that come into our shelter are pit bulls or pit bull mixes," he said.
Most of them never make it out alive. More pits bulls are euthanized by the shelter than any other breed. In July of this year, of the 803 dogs euthanized, 252 were pit bulls. In August, of 1009 dogs that were euthanized, 380 were pit bulls.
Putting them up for adoption creates another problem.
"There are pit bulls, strong pits, that if the city were to adopt them out continuously, there would be incidents I think the city could be held liable for," Tower said.
Tower suggests the breed has become a status symbol for the wrong reasons.
"The pit bull is the standard," Tower said. "The strongest, the biggest, the baddest."
But in Memphis, banning the breed is not an option.
"A lot of it goes down to, you know, responsible ownership," Flinn said.
The Memphis City Council recently passed a new ordinance that requires all pet owners without a breeder's license to spay and neuter their animals. City councilman Shea Flinn's original resolution targeted pit bulls until out of state animal activists threatened to sue the city.
"A lot of hurdles you've got to clear," he said.
Hurdles other communities have cleared. DeSoto County requires owners to microchip vicious dogs and carry $300,000 in liability insurance. Poplar Bluff, Missouri requires all pit bulls be micro-chipped and registered. Trumann, Arkansas banned pit bulls from city limits.
"I don't agree with that approach because again I've seen labradoodles that were mean as can be and pit bulls who were sweet as can be," Flinn said.
The mandatory spay neuter ordinance was criticized for putting a financial burden on the city's poorest pet owners. But when the Memphis shelter passed out vouchers for a free procedure," 25 percent of the people that had appointments that day canceled," Tower said.
City leaders say the solution starts with responsible pet ownership, but they will continue to explore legal options to relieve shelter overcrowding, decrease the euthanasia rate and keep citizens safe from a community wide problem with pit bulls.
The Memphis City council is considering another law that will put a lien on property owners who allow dog fighting on their property. They hope this added step will discourage one of the elements that make Pit Bulls so popular.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:32:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage. One Germantown family said it only took one infected tick to change their entire lifestyle – something they have been dealing withMore >>
It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:46:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon. Action News 5's Nick Kenney was there as Timothy McKinney was released. McKinney was accused ofMore >>
The man who pleaded guilty to killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:33:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis is saying "goodbye and good riddance" to blight. A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is nowMore >>
A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is now being demolished.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:48:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More jobs are coming to Memphis and city leaders are rolling out the red carpet to celebrate. Kruger Products is a leading nationwide towel and tissue manufacturer. The company announced theyMore >>
A Canadian company announced that are adding hundreds of jobs to its North Memphis office. Kruger Products rolled out the red carpet Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:48:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered. Frances Chambers has spent the past four years and a lot of money investigating the death of her son Demond. Police in herMore >>
A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered, despite the medical examiner's report. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:10:09 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system. Action News 5's Justin Hanson is speaking to longtime MCS teachers and volunteersMore >>
Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:22:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department fired two of its officers Wednesday. Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and violate regulation. In February, thereMore >>
Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and aid to violate regulation.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >>
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:49 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:49:28 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday. Inside Louise Rinhart's home is not much better. "Carpet and I got hardwoodMore >>
A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:13:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday. The firefighters offered piggyback rides to children toMore >>
Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday.More >>