The Metro Crime Unit and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department have seized and taken into custody several dogs being described as “vicious” after they were involved in two separate attacks that occurred in the past couple of days.

James A. Harper, 34, and Beverly L. Buie, 29, both of 4000 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris were arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Paris Police Department Investigator Derrek Colley and Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall with the MCU.

Harper and Buie were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Harper was also charged as a convicted felon in possession of a vicious dog.

According to a press release from Sheriff’s Capt. Adam Jenkins, officers with the MCU and the Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on Harper and Buie’s home after police received information that the couple’s dogs had attacked a neighbor’s dog.

When officers searched the home they found marijuana and other drug paraphernalia items. Officers also found three vicious pit bull mix dogs that were involved in an attack that resulted in a neighbor’s dog suffering severe injuries. The neighbor’s dog later died as a result of the attack.

Harper’s bond was set at $4,000 and Buie’s bond was set at $1,000. Harper and Buie are both scheduled to appear today in Henry County General Sessions Court.

The MCU and the Sheriff’s Department have also issued warrants for the arrest of a Henry man after his dog attacked another man.

Officers issued warrants on Wednesday for the arrest of Donnie Hutcherson Jr. of Henry for possessing and owning vicious dogs while being a convicted felon.

Officers went to Hutcherson’s home where they seized and took into custody two vicious pit bull dogs after the dogs attacked and bit a man on Railroad Avenue in Henry.  

Jenkins said that under Tennessee state law, a person convicted of a felony cannot possess a “vicious dog.”

• In an unrelated incident, two people were arrested on warrant charges for theft on Tuesday.

Jennifer Alexander, 25, and Brian Alexander, 39, both of 30 Kent Road in Paris were charged at the Madison County Jail by Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski.

They were both arrested on a warrant charge for theft of property over $1,000.

Their bonds were each set at $2,500.

They are both scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.

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