Friday, October 10, 2008
Madison, TN - A 4-year-old girl survived an attack from a dog suspected of injuring another girl earlier this year. On Friday, a 70-pound pit bull bit Zoe Johnson of Madison. She needed 68 stitches on her chest after the attack. Neighbors said the dog grabbed her and threw her on the ground. Robert Johnson, Zoe's father, said he wasn't sure if she would survive.
In May, the courts ruled that the dog named Ollie was vicious after it attacked 11- year-old Michelle Savley. The dog broke the girl's foot in two places. Since the attack on Zoe, the dog's owners, Patrick Stewart and his wife Amy, say they took the dog to Alabama and had the dog euthanized. This is not a believable story. The only reason to whisk a declared "vicious" dog across state lines is to nullify the "vicious" label -- not to have the animal euthanized.
Stewart is scheduled to appear in court on the attack charges next week. Metro Animal Control said the dog wasn't euthanized after the first attacked because state law doesn't require euthanasia until the second offense.
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| 10/10/2008 6:17 PM |
This reminds me somewhat of this http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/mar/24/no-headline---25fdogs/?feedback=1#comments
These pit bull people are convincing some judges that the dog is gone, and no one bothers to determine
or in this case a judge actually gave in to pit bull owner's demands and cut a deal where these dogs went to a "no kill" shelter
How the judge believed people like this would ever be honest, or there was a sanctuary that could take them, is beyond me
How a judge could have passed them on where they were likely to kill or injure someone, and in fact be hurt themselves, is beyond me
I guess it's that fantasy concept held by many naive people that there is a magical "farm" somewhere for these dogs. The no kill community just plays into that fantasy.
There are so many questions swirling around so many of these no kill sanctuaries that have found to be hoarders, and I have seen media accounts where convicted dog fighters have been found running "rescues" or "sanctuaries" that are nothing of the kind
No real sanctuary can take aggressive dogs
You'd think a judge would understand some of the issues