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Boys rescue woman from dogs, city discusses measures

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When Tanner Cornwell heard a scream outside, he came running. He found Vivien Brookman, a complete stranger, being attacked by three dogs.

Two were pit bulls, and the dogs were biting her repeatedly.

"They said they didn't, but they did,” Brookman said. “They really saved my life."

Cornwell ran to get his BB gun while his friends, Karon Bennett and William McNealy attacked the dogs with sticks and an old drainpipe.

In total, Brookman suffered 200 bites. But together, the boys saved her life. Still, they’re humble.

"I wouldn't call it brave,” Cornwell told me. I asked him what he would call it. “Good citizen,” he said.

On Tuesday night, the Waterloo City Council honored the boys for their heroics. They also met in a special work session, to discuss how to prevent future attacks.

But earlier Tuesday morning, there was another – a police officers was bitten by a loose pit bull, dragging its chain behind it.

"And it's not just these two instances,” said Maria Tiller of Waterloo Animal Control. “I mean, on average two to three calls that I do involve a pit bull."

Not all of these calls are attacks, of course. Some are neglect, or dogs at-large.

Animal Control floated a variety of suggestions at the work session, including micro-chipping pit bulls, or lowering the number of that breed a person can own.

But some said more regulation isn’t the answer. They think that the city should just enforce their current dangerous animal regulations more effectively.

Bill Kammeyer owns a pit bull. He said poor owners should be held accountable.

“Go after them,” he said. “Punish them. I have no problem with punishing the owners. I take care of my dog. We take care of our dog."

The city council didn’t make any decisions Tuesday in the work session, but the mayor did recommend they form a committee to further explore pit bull regulation.

In the meantime, as the wheels of city government keep turning, Karon Bennett, who helped save Brookman, told me that it just felt like the right thing to do.

"Because what if it was my grandma or something?” he said. “I would want somebody to save my grandma if I wasn't there."

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