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Board rules pit bull 'potentially dangerous' By Michael Short Delaware's Dog Control Panel ruled on Wednesday, March 22, that a pit bull owned by Zelda Sheppard was "potentially dan- gerous" after its role in an attack on Nassau resident Bill Lofland Feb. I I. If found dangerous, Sheppard could have been required to have the animal destroyed. But the animal, a black and white male, was not found dan- gerous. It was found potentially dangerous, meaning it must be kept inside, on a leash or within a fenced yard at all times for the next two years. Lofland said the dog suddenly came at him without warning. He raised his forearm to protect his head and neck and the dog latched on to it, chewing until he could pummel it with his fist and make it let go. Lofland said a second pit bull approached him and he kicked at it, thinking it was going to bite his legs. That second dog, named Shadow, did not at- tack Lofland "I could not get this dog off my ann," Lofland said. "I do not know what made this dog come on me...I did nothing ag- gressive to this dog." Lofland positively identifed the dog, named Panda, but Sheppard attorney Neil Dignon tried to raise doubts about Lofland's identifica- tion. He said that Lofland thought the animal that attacked him wore a blue collar. Sheppard said it was Shadow, not Panda, who wore a blue collar. Neighbor Penny Wharton agreed. That prompted Dignon to say "We've got the animals. One of them did it. Let's put it on Panda. That's not good enough." But Lofland said "The dog that attacked me, collar or not, is the dog in that thing [impoundment} over there." Bayside Continued from page 18 schools desperately need extra money. Rona Cobb said she drives 57 children on her school bus three times a day and she said the schools need this money des- perately. "I am for it 100 percent," said resident Gladys Knox, who de- scribes herself as an old farm girl. "it [the planned location] is noth- ing but a dump now. We didn't fuss with them [other residents] when they moved here from the city, so they shouldn't fuss with this." "I'm not afraid of their develop- ment. I think it is going to be good for the area," said James Brinker. "If we have planned growth, it will benefit the schools and the beaches," declared Robert Maxwell. "If you search your con- science and really look at all the facts, you will make the right de- cision." But critics also made their points strongly. At one point, Bethany Beach Mayor Joseph McHugh, Sen. Bunting, Rep. Price and Fenwick Island Mayor Peg Baunchalk faced the planning and zoning commission in a line, all standing together to oppose the plans. Opposition focused on traffic and quality of life. Til Purnell, an environmental advocate for decades, called it "an ungainly and unnecessary request for such a ridiculously huge project." Purnell said "What we need is time to chew off what we have al- ready bitten. Please tell these peo- ple to go away and come back when we can evacuate our resi- dents... Tell them to come back when they are prepared to respect Delaware and Sussex County." "It is too much, too fast, for an area that wants to retain its char- acter and quality of life...The peo- ple throughout Sussex pride them- selves on their quality of life...An unwise decision could eliminate what has been drawing people to the area. There is only one golden egg," Baunchalk said. Price read a statement from sev- eral officials which began "We, as elected officials from Southeast- ern Sussex County, have joined together to comment on the Amer- icana Bayside application before you today. "As elected officials our role in government is to reflect the area we represent and the people who live there. Americana Bayside as proposed would dramatically alter the character and integrity of rural Southeastern Sussex County. 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