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Man to be charged with leash law violation


Jason Browne


The contents of this article have been modified since its original posting.


A Columbus man will be summoned by police to appear in municipal court for allegedly allowing his dogs to roam unleashed on 10th Street North. 


Brian Wigley, of 812 10th St. N. Apt. 4, is charged with dog at large, a violation of Columbus'' leash law, after his two boxers confronted Raven Foy, 22, of 805 10th St. N. in VIP Apartments, Thursday night. 


Foy pressed charges Monday, accusing Wigley of allowing his dogs to roam unleashed and unsupervised after she says the dogs accosted her as she retrieved items from her car, which was parked on 10th Street in front of Wigley''s apartment building. 


Officer Donnie Elkin said charges were not pressed Friday because the CPD court division is closed on Fridays and warrants are only issued for major offenses. 


Foy, a Mississippi University for Women student from Emelle, Ala., claims the dogs growled and barked at her and jumped into her, but did not bite her. 


"I was terrified for my life. I really thought it was going to be over with. My (fiancee) was upstairs. He heard me calling and got the dogs off me," said Foy. 


Aaron Walls, Foy''s fiancee, says he came downstairs to find Foy backed against a car with the dogs facing her and growling. He says he stomped his foot to draw their attention and drove the dogs away. It was at that point Wigley appeared in his front yard and called the dogs. 


Wigley was not home Monday but was reached by cell phone for comment. He called Friday''s incident a "non-event." 


"I don''t have aggressive dogs. They''re boxers. They''re not aggressive," said Wigley. 


Jordan Smith, Wigley''s neighbor and friend who cares for the dogs while Wigley is away on business, also claims the dogs, which are less than a year old, are not aggressive. 


"They''re puppies. They just love to play. They would not bite anyone," said Smith. 


Smith says the dogs are leashed when he walks them around the neighborhood but are unleashed when he takes them into the yard to relieve themselves. He says both dogs obey his voice. 


Foy says she''s been confronted by the dogs before and Wigley has difficulty controlling the dogs with voice commands. She says the dogs only barked at her during the first incident, which happened months ago. 


Walls and Foy spoke with Wigley and say he was uncooperative and rude. A police report filed by Officer Kenneth Brewer Friday night after Brewer spoke with Wigley said he "didn''t seem to care" about the leash ordinance. 


CPD Chief Joseph St. John said the department is taking the issue seriously. Animal control officers visited Wigley''s apartment Monday after charges were filed and left a copy of the leash law when nobody answered. 


"We''re going to go out there and serve the paperwork. The guy wasn''t home and we did leave the ordinance," said St. John. 


He says animal control officers will make the determination as to the aggressiveness of Wigley''s dogs. 


"I know that young lady was scared. There''s no doubt about that," said St. John. 


"I think we need to spend more time on the drug use, the theft and other crime in the community before we start calling me asking about my dogs," said Wigley. 


Foy says she''s afraid to return home unaccompanied after the incident. 


"I don''t even come home anymore. I go to a friend''s house. I just recently stopped crying," she says.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment HK commented at 12/15/2009 11:07:00 AM:

this article makes this lady sound like a nut.. I agree--the cops need to get busy with the crack houses in town.. there are always going to be dogs that get out and run around..


Article Comment BG commented at 12/15/2009 11:29:00 AM:

I think most of us can see right through this. It is quite obvious what this is about and I bet it has nothing to do with fearing for her life. If the dogs were in the mans yard and barked at her -- this lady needs to get over it. There is nothing wrong with that. It sounds like the lady is not being truthful with her accusations. Find something to do that is constructive and leave the man alone.


Article Comment Huh? commented at 12/15/2009 11:53:00 AM:

Either the reporter was incorrect or Ms. Foy and her husband/fiance' are confused. She said, "my husband." The next paragraph mentions her fiance'. Which is it?


Article Comment SS commented at 12/15/2009 12:03:00 PM:

Are you kidding me? I can't believe the Commerical Dispatch would slander someone in the paper for this by publishing their name and address before getting the facts. What is this town coming to? Don't we have bigger issues/concerns that are newspaper worthy. It sounds like this woman is really exagerating the truth. These dogs are harmless. I agree there are going to be dogs that run around from time to time. Get over it! Give the poor guy a break.


Article Comment BS commented at 12/15/2009 12:17:00 PM:

What were you doing parked in front of someone else's apartment in the first place??? I think he should buy 2 more dogs to protect himself against people like Foy who have no business parking in front of their home when they do not even live there according to this article since both addresses for published. Shame on your Commercial Dispatch for putting personal information of the man charged. I could care less of Foy's info, she is the one that started this whole thing.


Article Comment SS commented at 12/15/2009 12:33:00 PM:

Huh, I noticed the same thing.. she called him her husband but the article says it was her fiance' Sounds like Foy is a dog hater to me..


Article Comment KC commented at 12/15/2009 12:40:00 PM:

" she just quit crying over the incident" because 2 dogs greeted her at her car???? GET IN WILLOWBROOK women.. & you cant come home because of it, you must need to go back to ALABAMA and live with mommy & daddy, if you are scared to come home because of dogs.. this is crazy!


Article Comment Hk commented at 12/15/2009 12:53:00 PM:

This paper is known for writing articles that are nuts! The paper causes alot of anquish on people when they write about them.. I am sure she feels silly now.. it is all in the way they put things. They have made alot of people look like idiots by the way they print quotes.. they need to re-read the story after they type it up..


Article Comment whyhavealawatall? commented at 12/15/2009 12:55:00 PM:

Gee, according to all of you, why have a law at all? I don't know either of these people, but would guess that you're all friends of Mr. Wigul. I don't care to comment on the lady's statements, other than I can appreciate her fear, as there were 2 dogs next door who kept me and my child from enjoying our own yard. Those dogs were aggressive, though their owner, like this one, stated otherwise. What bugs me is why this guy doesn't think the law applies to him or his dogs. The law doesn't state "unless the dog is relieving himself". So keep your dog leashed and you won't have a problem. Where I live, there are 3 dogs that run together and don't seem to have owners. I do know that they have killed cats in the neighborhood. I am glad we have a leash law. I am not anti-dog; I would love to have a dog again, but don't have a place for one that would be fair to the animals. And I think that an apartment of that size is too small for 2 dogs of that (eventual) size.


Article Comment what?? commented at 12/15/2009 1:02:00 PM:

I am more concerned with Foy having a husband and a fiancee. Come on Dispatch get it right.


Article Comment HK commented at 12/15/2009 1:32:00 PM:

I am for the leash law too--if not--we would have big dogs biting people and killing small dogs in the city.. but things do happen.. dogs do run out sometimes when you open the door and things.. this article does not state all of the facts.


Article Comment whyhavealawatall? commented at 12/15/2009 1:45:00 PM:

Boxers are a high-energy breed. Of course they'll be eager to "visit" with a stranger after being hemmed up in an apartment. Not the dog's's the owner, who did state that they're not leased if they're just relieving themselves. He also states that they obey his voice. So why wasn't his voice calling them back in when they were finished with their business? No one knows exactly why the lady was afraid of the dogs...was there a previous episode? Was she bitten as a child? We don't know. And it doesn't matter. If the owner obeyed the law from the beginning, there would be no story. He, in his own words, admits to deliberately letting them out with no leash. I am sure there are facts omitted here, which is why I'm trying to focus on the quotes. Meanwhile...I wonder if the husband and fiance know about each other ;)


Article Comment c-mon commented at 12/15/2009 2:57:00 PM:

Its Black and White! Now a days people press charges over anything. I can't believe the "disgrace" I mean Dispatch has not written an article about the lady suing her land lord over using her electricity for a total of 5min. What are we coming to?


Article Comment walter commented at 12/15/2009 3:01:00 PM:

I love dogs as much as anyone. Throughout most of our early and young adult lives, my siblingn and I have owned them. As I read this story and the comments posted regarding it, it appears that too many persons are going off on a tangent: whether the victim and her significant other are husband or wife isn't what is most important here, I don't think. If the germane portion of the story, as reported by The Dispatch writer is accurate, then that is what matters.

I faced a situation very similar to that faced by the female victim in the story. I was walking, when a female, either the wife or girlfriend of the man who actually owned the two dogs (pit-bulls) she was walking travelled the same path I was on. The older dog was on a leash; the other, approximately 9 to 10 months old, was not. The unleashed dog charged, barked and growled at me thrice!!! Being familar with dogs, I stood my ground. Despite the knowledge that the dog would stop, if I stopped, I still felt uneasy. The woman's smiling face and words to the effect that: "the dog wouldn't bite" was little comfort to me. It certain looked and acted like it would.
As a pedestrian, I shouldn't have been made to feel any fear, regardless of how slight, because someone with a vicious looking and sounding dog was too lazy or in-considerate enough to place the darn dog on a leash, when she walked it!!!

Everyone isn't blessed with the common-sense needed to own one. The law requiring leashing a dog is written for just the latter type of people. If your dog acosted someone and the law required that it be on a leash and it was not, pay the penalty, if you're able, and resign yourself to doing the right thing in the future. It is totally ridiculous to encourage someone to do wrong. If the main facts, as written in the article are true, then the dog's owner must be made to answer. Next time, his dog, or someone else dog, might actually bite, if it is unleashed. Stop trashing the woman for fearing a growling, barking dog that confronted her. I wouldn't want any of my daughters, sisters, cousins or the sisters and daughters of anyone else to be forced to face the same situation. Perhaps, if this matter is given the attention it deserves, more serious consequences, in the future, may be averted.

Leash laws are enacted for a reason. The city should enforce them, especially if a dog has been identified with propensity to attack or even cause another to fear that it will. There are enough stresses in life, such that citizens shouldn't have to deal with one like this the lady in story was made to endure, if the story was reported accurately, in regards to the main points. I, for one, trust The Dispatch and the story is very news-worthy, indeed. It might very well serve to nip in the bud, something else that might grow way out of proportion. In some cases, pre-emption is good. This is one such case, I do believe.


Article Comment Mayhew man commented at 12/15/2009 3:15:00 PM:

I know what he is dealing with my neighbor reported me for my CHICKENS getting in her yard,I was working out of town had a warrant out on me for CHICKENS running at large 20 miles from town lost two days work was told after court every one there was laughing what a waste of tax payers money


Article Comment sss commented at 12/15/2009 4:00:00 PM:

Is this article from the Packet or the Commercial Dispatch? I would expect to see this kind of irrelevance in the Packet but I'm a bit surprised that there isn't anything more newsworthy to report in the Dispatch.

The reporter missed many facts that I know of, what else is missing. Inaccurate facts, inaccurate reporting, doubtful readers.

The only thing missing from this article is the truth.

I have a boxer myself and they are high energy pets but aggressive, absolutely not. Just playful. Somebody needed some attention, and she's getting it.


Article Comment Boxer Lover commented at 12/15/2009 4:36:00 PM:

I'm all for the leash law. It is put in place for a reason. That being said I want to say that I own a Boxer she is almost 10 years old. She is nothing but an over grown puppy. Boxers are jumpers, they are slobberers (I think thats a word) but agressive is not in there nature. They protect their territory. This lady really needs to grow up. This Foy woman probably has one of those ankle biting rat dogs, not those are agressive dogs they bite and run. Ms.Foy you need to go back to where you came from and leave this man and his 2 PUPPIES alone.


Article Comment j money commented at 12/15/2009 4:41:00 PM:

Police need to worry about these crooked cops forget drugs worry about theifs stealing and drunk cops riding around making personal trips in police cars with our money


Article Comment Bubba Gump commented at 12/15/2009 4:56:00 PM:

Thank you Mr. Wigul for letting me see the light. It was so simple, like the Jitter Bug, it just plumb evaded me.

If I don't like a law, just ignore it.

I'm not crazy about paying for a car tag so I plan to tell Mr. Andrews that Mr. Wigul said it was ok if I just don't bother with it this year.

And while I'm at it, I plan to tell the IRS the same thing.

You rule Mr. Wigul.

But mostly in your own mind.

I have been attacked by dogs several times in my life, and on a couple of those attacks I was bitten. And once it was a boxer.

People like Mr. Wigul are a good percentage of what is wrong in this town. They think the law doesn't apply to them because __________. But I guarantee you had it been his precious behind being tasted by someones dog he'd be the first to yell.

What other laws are you in possession of immunity Mr. Wigul? Do you have a pass to speed and drive under the influence too? Are you immune from all taxes? Are you allowed to drive on which ever side of the road you wish?

There is a law on the books regarding animals. I suspect you are fixing to find out about it soon enough. I hope it burns.


Article Comment BS commented at 12/15/2009 5:19:00 PM:

I think we should also leash people who give looks like they dare you to say something or they will harm you. But I am not able to press charges on that fact alone because it is not a law. People are more harmful than puppies. I am not saying Mr. Wigul is above the law. I am saying it is stupid to park in a pet friendly complex and directly in front of someone else's home who you know have pets. Statements from the owner and neighbors state these are not dogs; these are pets. I feel more facts are left out of the article and everyone thinks she should have sympathy. I have been robbed twice and neither story was news worthy. Neither incident ended in an arrest or futher questioning or investigating. Where is my justice? There are important work the police need to be doing.


Article Comment S commented at 12/15/2009 5:55:00 PM:

In addition to the confusion about whether Foy is married or engaged...who owns the dogs? Is it Wigul or Wigly? Both names are used in the story. Somebody needs to do more proofreading.


Article Comment Mike Hunt commented at 12/15/2009 7:38:00 PM:

All I have to say is BWAAAHAHAHA!!!!


Article Comment Listener commented at 12/15/2009 8:23:00 PM:

I think when the police are called, they have to respond and evidently she filed a police report. Non emergency issues such as this are WHY there is not enough police protection to go around. Just this evening there was a woman who called the police on her 30 something year old daughter who took money from the mom's piggy bank. I've also heard the police sent to a business because the caller was complaining the cashier talked to her rudely. They also abuse the ambulance service by calling for ingrown toe nails, toothaches, etc. Listen to a scanner for a little while and you'll see why the police can't be everywhere, and why we sometimes run out of ambulances.


Article Comment frankiebird commented at 12/15/2009 9:38:00 PM:

The print copy of The Commercial Dispatch names the dog owner as Brian Wigul. I did not see "Wigley"in the print copy. I believe that Wigley is probably the correct name, and if it is then the Dispatch needs to (on the front page, of course) apologize to the Wiygul family.


Article Comment ha ha ha commented at 12/15/2009 11:00:00 PM:

Can we say the news paper is a ra-tard! is this all you have to report on?


Article Comment MARV commented at 12/16/2009 10:33:00 AM:

I think Mr. Wiggler should get at least 2 years hard labor for his mishanding of these BAD DOGS !


Article Comment Mossy commented at 12/16/2009 12:15:00 PM:

Thank you Bubba Gump for helping me see the light. It is so simple. Your attitude sounds like one of a very miserable person with a chip on your shoulder. Are you perfect? Always wear your seat belt? Have you ever driven over the speed limit? OMG, you have driven over the speed limit! Well, there you go, picking and choosing the laws that you want to obey!
I have dogs and live in the county and don't have them on leashes and do not plan to. I am a lawbreaker!!!!!! Call the sheriff's department and report me!


Article Comment mzkat17 commented at 12/16/2009 12:25:00 PM:



Article Comment nikki commented at 12/16/2009 12:34:00 PM:

yeah, i agree the police probably should deal wit all the METH LABS before they blow up this whole little section of MS/AL. seem like to me their are more of them now than ever, its an epidemic...:)


Article Comment Bubba Gump commented at 12/17/2009 5:52:00 AM:

No Mossy, I don't break the law. I don't speed and I do wear my seatbelt. I take considerable pride in obeying laws. I don't make excuses as to why this law or that one doesn't apply to me, and I fail to see why I should tolerate anyone else doing so. In fact, prisons are full of people who think just like you. I don't have to because ___________.

It's called being an adult. You should give it a try sometime.


Article Comment olemiss commented at 12/17/2009 3:31:00 PM:

I'm sure I will get the leash law on me one day but where I live because of my dog I caught 3 guys stealing in my next door neighbors yard. I wished my dog would have gotten out and bit the [email protected] out of them. Dogs have sense to know when someone isn't a good person. HMMMMMM...maybe the dog was right about this woman.


Article Comment Bubba Gump commented at 12/17/2009 9:38:00 PM:

I really don't understand those of you who are commenting on the person being "terrified for her life."

Read this:

In 1994 there were 4.7 million dog bites suffered by humans. 799,700 of those bites required medical treatment. 6000 of those people had to be hospitalized due to their injuries.

During the years of 1979 to 1998 there were 238 deaths due to dog attacks. With respect to the breeds of Pit Bulls, Rotts, and any hybrid wolf species:

77% of attacks resulted in bodily harm
73% of those attacked were children
70% of the attacks were fatal
77% of the attacks resulted in serious maiming

Are there any questions??


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