Kingsport Times News Friday, December 19, 2014

Local News

Warrant issued for Kingsport man whose dog attacked child

March 21st, 2012 10:08 am by Rain Smith

Warrant issued for Kingsport man whose dog attacked child

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is searching for Seth Taylor, 19, last known address of 238 Edith Road, Kingsport. He has been charged with dogs running at large and harboring or owning an unvaccinated dog. The running at large charge is a Class E fe

An arrest warrant has been issued for the man whose dog attacked a 6-year-old Kingsport girl, inflicting injuries which required plastic surgery and more than 100 stitches.


The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is searching for Seth Taylor, 19, last known address of 238 Edith Road, Kingsport. He has been charged with dogs running at large and harboring or owning an unvaccinated dog. The running at large charge is a Class E felony due to the attack on the girl.


The incident occurred last Sunday evening at 208 Adrian Drive. Nebraska Nuckels was playing in the yard with her father, Mark Nuckels, when a 2-year-old Lab mix entered their property.


"I turned around, and (the dog) had her pinned on the ground, by the face, shaking her head," Mark told the Times-News last week.


"When I scooped her up, the horror I saw was unimaginable," he added.


Nebraska suffered severe lacerations to the right side of her face, with the dog's jaws narrowly avoiding her eye. Her grandfather, Ken Potts, said she will have to undergo further surgery, but was cleared this past Monday to return to her kindergarten class at Weber City Elementary.


"She looks 100 percent better than she did a week ago," Potts said on Wednesday. He added that Nebraska has emerged from the somber mental state she exhibited in the days immediately after the attack.


Animal control took control of the dog and quarantined it for observation. On Wednesday Richard Crino, director of the Sullivan County/Bluff City/ Kingsport Animal Control Center, said the dog would continued to be held as charges against Taylor progress through court.


According to Nebraska's father and grandfather, animal control visited Taylor's residence while Nebraska was awaiting surgery, shortly after the attack. They say Taylor presented the officer a vaccinated dog — knowing it was not the dog responsible for mauling Nebraska.


It was the next day, Monday, that animal control returned to Taylor's home, seizing the unvaccinated Lab which now remains held at the animal shelter.


"The irresponsibility of doing something like that, when a child is waiting for surgery — that's the part that really upset the family," Potts said of Taylor's alleged ruse.


"I don't hate the boy, none of us hate the boy. But you make mistakes in life, and you have to be responsible for those mistakes."


Taylor was arrested the day after the attack for an unrelated domestic assault, and later released. Anyone with information on his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office at (423) 279-7500.

comments powered by Disqus