Dogs that attacked elderly couple deemed ‘dangerous’

By on May 21, 2020

(Town of Nags Head)

The Town of Nags Head’s Dangerous Animal Appeal Board affirmed a decision today made by Nags Head Police Chief Phil Webster regarding two dogs he determined to be dangerous after they repeatedly bit a local couple.

Bob and Anita Edwards, 82 and 83, of Nags Head, were visiting the home of Jack Pasternak in the 2400 block of South Memorial Avenue on May 7, when Mr. Pasternak’s two 20-month female mix-breed pit bull dogs began biting both Mr. and Mrs. Edwards.

Despite numerous attempts to restrain the dogs and leave the scene, both Mr. and Mrs. Edwards were bitten repeatedly, with Mr. Edwards requiring treatment for lacerations and punctures to his face, head, both arms, and legs at an urgent care center. Although bitten as well, Mrs. Edwards did not seek medical treatment.

Nags Head’s Police Department investigated the incident and determined that Mr. Edwards had suffered serious injuries. In addition, investigators learned that in August 2019, the dogs had acted viciously towards a neighbor when they escaped Mr. Pasternak’s property.

After the investigation, Chief Webster determined that both dogs were dangerous or potentially dangerous animals, according to Nags Head Code of Ordinances Article V. – Dangerous Animals, Sec. 6-121 and North Carolina General Statute 67-4.1. Dangerous and potentially dangerous animals.  As a result, the dogs were seized by the police department and secured at the Dare County Animal Shelter. If all appeals by the owner fail, the dogs will be humanely destroyed.

Mr. Pasternak appealed Chief Webster’s ruling with the Town’s Dangerous Animal Appeal Board, which provides the opportunity for dog owners to appeal declarations by Nags Head’s Police Chief that a dog is “dangerous” or “potentially dangerous” under North Carolina North Carolina General Statute 67-4.1. The Appeal Board members participating in today’s hearing were Nags Head Town Manager Cliff Ogburn and Nags Head residents Jeff Ackerman and Marvin Demers.

Now that the Appeal Board has affirmed Chief Webster’s declaration that the dogs are dangerous, Mr. Pasternak has 10 days to file an appeal with the clerk of the Dare County Superior Court and, according to Nags Head’s Code of Ordinances, Mr. Pasternak must also file an appeal with Nags Head’s town clerk by the same date.






  • Lisa

    Dogs that bite in absence of a threat are unstable. Their genetics are bad- not surprising because they were not purposefully bred by a breeder who cares and knows what they are doing. It isn’t the owner’s fault that they are nerve bags and unsafe, because you can’t train out a defective temperament, but he does need to accept the reality that they are not safe.

    Thursday, May 21 @ 7:30 pm
  • Patti

    I love animals and have a dog that I love dearly. I would never do or allow anything cruel be purposefully done to an animal. But these 2 dogs have a history of aggressive behavior, have bitten an adult person to the point of requiring medical treatment, especially to the face. The adult made attempts to get away from the dogs but could not. That is enough proof that they are dangerous and cannot be controlled safely.
    I understand that an elderly gentleman in his early 80’s may not be as fast or as strong as he once was to have gotten away without having been injured. And he may have also been trying to assist his wife from being injured. But this could have easily been a 3 year old child that they attacked with the outcome being much worse.
    My heart goes out to the owner but I don’t feel allowing those animals to be kept is the best decision.

    Thursday, May 21 @ 7:48 pm