Thursday, April 2, 2009
UPDATE 06/26/09: It was reported on April 29 that the woman found with Smiley, Karen Moore, would not be prosecuted. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks wrote, "The injuries caused by the Smiley saga are healing. I have concluded no good can come of reopening those wounds." On June 26, it was reported that the dog was sent out of the county to receive "training," was renamed to "Kyley," and was adopted to a woman in an undisclosed city.
04/02/09: Smiley Has Been Found
A Whidbey Island dog that was stolen earlier this year amid a legal battle over his life has been located. The dog named Smiley was spotted at the South Whidbey Dog Park with a woman. The animal was taken into custody and transported to the WAIF animal shelter, which confirmed its identity. Smiley is now being kept at an undisclosed location. The woman in possession of the dog was questioned and released. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
02/11/09: Smiley is Still Missing
The search for Smiley continues. On Friday, an Island County judge denied a request by a Freeland couple to keep the shelter from humanely killing Smiley, but ordered the shelter to keep the dog alive pending an appeal. Now both parties are upset. Smiley has health problems and requires a special diet. Bibich also warned that "Smiley is extremely aggressive with cats and small dogs. We don't want to see any other animals harmed."
02/07/09: Smiley is Stolen from Shelter
Smiley, a pit-bull mix at the center of a legal battle, was stolen last night from an animal shelter on Whidbey Island. Shelter manager Shari Bibich said someone broke through fencing into the kennel. She said all that was left was some sausage in the cage. We can't imagine who the (fanatical) culprits might be. Is Smiley actually safe in their hands? Secondly, which "rescue" groups will now shuffle this biter to a new location?
02/07/09: Clock is Ticking for Smiley
The story of Smiley the "biting" pit bull-mix picks up from last November after an odd couple took out a second mortgage on their home to save the dog from death. The shelter had been holding Smiley for two years, but the dog had recently developed into a biter. Due to the onset of aggression, the shelter decided to euthanize the animal. Bob Baker, however, sued the shelter in order to adopt Smiley and save him from death.
Recently in court, Baker said, "We don't need Smiley to come to our home. We just want Smiley to have a life -- a good life." It turns out Baker no longer wants the dog. The shelter said if they let the dog be adopted, they could be liable if he attacks someone. Legal liability has substantial financial repercussions, not to mention the injury a person may suffer. Yesterday, a judge finally ruled that Smiley could be put down. She also left the door open for an appeal.
Struck with legal bills caused by the lawsuit, the shelter wishes it could place the funds toward building a new shelter instead.
11/21/08: Petition to Save Dog
Seattle-based anti-BSL group, FABB, has started a petition to save the "biting" pit bull. The petition states, "He has harmed no one." This contradicts shelter employee, Shari Bibich, who said the dog had bitten multiple times. Bibich's group, WAIF, cared for Smiley for two years. It is due to the dog's recent aggression that they decided to euthanize. If any other dog breed had acted similarly, there would be no lawsuit or petition. The dog would simply be put down.
11/21/08: Sues to Adopt Biter
Whidbey Island, WA - A bizarre couple is suing the Whidbey Island Animal Shelter so that the agency will not euthanize a multiple "biting" pit bull-mix named Smiley. The couple, Bobbie Moran and Bob Baker, want to adopt Smiley, even though the dog is no longer available for adoption. In order to stop the euthanization, Moran and Baker have filed a lawsuit. They are taking out a second mortgage on their $500,000 home to pay the legal fees.
Shari Bibich, of the shelter said, "What we were seeing was volunteers being bitten at the neck, arms, forearms. A member of the public was snapped at in her face." Bibich says the shelter is a minimal kill shelter -- they don’t euthanize animals just to make room or because they’ve been at the shelter a long time. Smiley, has been at the shelter for nearly two years. He recently started becoming aggressive, so they decided he needed to be put down.
We don't make this stuff up.A judge granted a temporary restraining order, saving Smiley from death. The next court hearing for Smiley will be next month.
09/18/08: Pit Bull of FABB Founder, Pro-Pit Bull Group, Attacks Dog
07/14/08: Adoption Disaster; Another Dog Dead to Pit Bulls
07/13/08: Woman and Son Live with 13 Pit Bulls
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| 11/21/2008 3:31 PM |
I don't understand why they didn't just euthanize him. They don't need anyone's permission.
I also do not understand WHY these two individuals or any private citizen for that matter has a legal claim on this dog?
| 11/21/2008 4:45 PM |
Looks like they've started a PETITION:
I think sending a note to Shari might be nice. She's getting hammered by the nutters.
| 11/21/2008 4:54 PM |
After two years of caring for this dog, the nutters are aligning against this woman? And AFTER the dog bit several people? The FABB group is behind the petition. FABB supports adopting out biting pit bulls. I wish I could say this surprised me.
| 11/21/2008 5:34 PM |
This is the problem with the Nutters which are practically begging to be regulated.....They claim human aggressive pits were always euthanized, then they start martyrdom campaigns to save human aggressive pits.
They should be the first ones supporting this manbiters culling.
| 11/21/2008 6:00 PM |
I simply do not understand the "Save Bear the Dog", and "Save Smiley the innocent dog" is just as strange. What are these people thinking? Why would anyone want an animal with severe management problems to live for years in a shelter? Is this humane? What happens if some fool is allowed to bring these animals back into a community? Who is looking out for the public's safety?
| 11/22/2008 2:47 PM |
Wasn't FABB the group whose leader had an aggressive pit bull attack some poor woman's golden retriever at a pet store opening?
They need to be hit fast, long, and hard with lawsuits.
THis is the only way attacks will be stopped.
| 11/23/2008 10:31 AM |
I hope this is getting some play in the media. Really ninety-nine percent of the public do think these people are "nuts." You have to hope the judge has something called sense. I too question if these people have any legal rights to stop the dog from being put down?
| 11/23/2008 10:36 AM |
I hope someone in the local media is reporting this story. Nothing could be more crazy than these people. You have to trust that the judge has something called sense.
The shelter has not been protecting people---why wasn't Smiley put down after he bit the first person?
| 11/24/2008 1:24 PM |
Hopefully this shelter will learn a lesson now and stop taking these pit bulls and pit mixes (assuming it isn't animal control or open admission)
These dogs bring nothing but trouble.
Spend the time and money on the loving dogs!
| 2/07/2009 10:45 AM |
"Yesterday, a judge finally ruled that Smiley could be put down. She also left the door open for an appeal."
And there lies much of the problem
Incompetent judges who are endangering public safety and costing people vast amounts of money catering to the criminal class
We need to start listing the judges that are involved in situations like this. They need to be held accountable.
However, hopefully the shelter will stop taking these pit bulls and pit bull mixes, and has learned a lesson that these dogs are not only trouble, they attract troubled people
| 2/07/2009 12:17 PM |
After all the good work the shelter has done for the community, they've got a nutcase on their hands blaming the SHELTER for the biting!
"If you spent a day in that shelter, you probably would want to bite somebody," she said.
She also called the shelter Guantanamo!
Save your shelter from biting pit bulls, financial ruin and nutcases: STOP TAKING IN PITS!
| 2/07/2009 8:17 PM |
Hopefully this dog is microchipped and will be traced to the thief
These nutjobs who sued need to be investigated to within an inch of their life
Someone is going to get killed by one of these nuts AND THE JUDGE LET IT HAPPEN
What is her name? Does anyone know?
| 2/08/2009 4:34 AM |
Well it's official now..."Reponsible Pit Bull Community" is now an oxymoron.
Instead of policing themselves and insuring human aggressive pits are destroyed, they are now committing felonies to save them.
Ban Early and Ban Often!
| 2/09/2009 4:32 PM |
Those comments on the "Stolen" article shows just how crazy these people are. They are HAPPY that someone stole this dog as it is now "free". They are all praising Best Friends and the Dog Whisperer - its absolutely sickening. They should all be investigated.
| 2/09/2009 4:51 PM |
Thank you for posting the "DNA" test. But without an explanation it makes little sense. The instance of Smiley has little to do with dog breed; it's got everything to do with the fact that the animal had a documented history of bites. Assuming the document is legitimate at all, it merely adds to the mystery of Smiley.
| 2/09/2009 5:08 PM |
Who is Kevin Jones of BioPet Vet lab?
The most well-known and respected DNA lab is run by Mars (The Wisdom Panel). Why not use a widely recognized lab to test the dog? The Wisdom Panel detects 157 breeds. It appears that the BioPet lab only detects only 61!
Kevin Jones, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of BioPet Vet Lab, the maker of the DNA Breed Identification test, which detects 61 breeds.
| 2/11/2009 12:53 PM |
If a dog owner has the right to have their animal euthanized after it bites, why wouldn't a shelter? Smiley is the property of the shelter right? (or was, before it was stolen...)
| 2/13/2009 5:44 AM |
The irony here is that the Dogmen leading the pit bull community, rally the dupes by labeling anyone that anti-mauling/proBSL as an Animal Rights terrorist.
Meanwhile, how many times do we see Tax payer owned Animal control facilities broken into by pit nutters.
| 2/16/2009 3:14 PM |
WAIF cocuntersued back in January!
WAIF files countersuit over Smiley
By JENNY MANNING
Whidbey News Times Reporter
Jan 23 2009
Whidbey Island Animals’ Improvement Foundation is biting back. Former volunteers Bob Baker and Barbara Moran of Freeland filed suit against the island-based shelter last November in an effort to save the life of Smiley, a mixed-breed dog living at the Coupeville shelter. WAIF officials reported that the dog was to be euthanized because of aggressive behavior.
This week Mark Theune, an Oak Harbor lawyer representing the shelter, filed a counterclaim against the couple, alleging malicious prosecution, conspiracy to misuse process and frivolous action.
According to the filing, WAIF alleges that Baker and Moran’s lawsuit was made “with knowledge that it is false, unfounded, malicious and without probable cause.”
The shelter also claims that the suit has “damaged” WAIF, and is “part of a conspiracy to misuse judicial process by filing an action known to be false and unfounded.”
The counterclaim calls on the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, award damages for malicious prosecution, abuse of process and reimbursement of WAIF’s legal fees.
| 4/03/2009 3:03 AM |
Reminds me of the film "The Year of the dog".... aboout a nice young lady who essentially goes crazy after working in the animal welfare movement.
There are so many safe dogs needing homes...Why concentrate on a known biter? The No Kill hippies seem to have agenda of moving the society's threshold of acceptable canine conduct.
| 4/03/2009 3:12 AM |
You got that right. I'm also wondering why the police did not name the woman?
Geez, consider the dollar resources that have already gone toward this case! Now there will be a lot more.
Whidbey Island homeowners, this is on your buck!