Johnna Harvard lost her son in a pit bull attack in April.
She says another pit bull went after her while visiting her son’s grave site in Pell City, then tried to attack a police officer.
“This is a nightmare. I’ll never see my child again until we make it to heaven. For now, this is all we have.”
Johnna Harvard just wanted to visit her son John’s grave in peace.
It’s been nearly 3 months since the 5-year-old was killed by a pit bull in Riverside. But, the last few weeks have been a painful reminder of that tragedy.
“These dogs are everywhere. They are not being properly leashed and cared for. That’s what caused my son’s death.”
She says a pit bill terrorized her twice while visiting her son’s grave site. It charged at her and others Sunday. She says it even damaged the grave site.
Harvard says, “We were able to jump back in the vehicle and call 9-1-1.”
Captain Joshua Herren with Pell City Police says, “As the officer started to back away, the dog charged the officer and officer was forced to discharge the firearm.”
Harvard captured the incident on video. “She had to shoot it.” “When that happened yesterday, I was shocked dog was still there. It charged, it was not going to stop.”
After losing a son to a dog attack and almost becoming a victim, Harvard says there needs to be stronger leash laws and regulations, especially where pit bulls are concerned.
“We need to do something on a state level because that was the closest I’ve ever felt to death and I had that fear of being chased by an animal. I felt like I felt what my son felt and no one should feel that way.”
Even police, sending out a reminder of why it’s so important to follow the law. Pell City does have a leash law.