This past Monday morning, Bud Park, two recent college graduate friends of his family and I were riding 20 miles from Beech Schools, up Happy Hollow, Hogans Branch, New Hope, and Shell Rd. As we reached the top of Shell, just before turning onto McMurtry, four dogs from two different houses chased and caused Bud to crash. Bud was conscious and lucid but told us he could not move or put weight on his right leg. One rider accompanied Bud to Hendersonville Hospital where ER confirmed Bud had fractured his hip bone. He was transferred to St Thomas for orthopedic surgery for a hip joint replacement. Bud's surgeon is also a bicycle rider and states that Bud should be able to ride again in six weeks.
I called the Sumner County Sheriff office to report the incident. Within a couple hours, Deputy Cummins came to my house to get a description of the dogs and addresses of the owners. He filed a written report and personally drove to notify both owners that because their dogs were loose and caused the accident, each of them could be liable for damages if a civil lawsuit was filed.
From this experience, I learned that the Sumner County Sheriff's office does care and are very responsive to dog caused accidents or threats. If I have a riding emergency I will call 911. If not an emergency, but an incident needs to reported, I will again call the Sheriff's Office at 452-2616. In fact, I have added the Sheriff's office number 452-2616 to my Speed Dial so that I can call them immediately if needed.
Be safe...but also be prepared to call 911 or the Sheriff's office for help with uncontrolled dogs!!!