Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Allentown, PA - It was recently reported that an Allentown police officer who was bitten in the face by a pit bull last year is suing the owner and the Lehigh County Humane Society. The lawsuit says the humane group failed to capture the dog in a timely manner, forcing the officer to deal with the "vicious" animal. The lawsuit states that as officer Evan Weaver tried to place the dog into a police wagon, it bit him in the face, ''causing serious injury and scarring.''
Weaver says on May, 3, 2008, he responded to a call about a dog bite (See: 05/01-05/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police). He found the pit bull on a porch and placed a leash around its neck. Another officer called the Humane Society, which is contractually obligated to handle such matters, according to the lawsuit, but the officer said no one from the nonprofit organization could show up until 9 p.m. So Weaver attempted to take the animal into custody himself.
The pit bull was shot to death by police after attacking Weaver.Also named in Weaver's suit are residents Russell Opp and Christina Gilly, who Weaver claims are owners of the pit bull. Weaver's lawsuit, which was amended in May to include additional sufferings, is asking for more than $50,000 from each defendant. The lawsuit claims Opp and Gilly failed to control the dog properly, knowing it ''has vicious tendencies.'' The suit also says the Humane Society breached its contract by not taking care of the dog, resulting in the bite.
The Humane Society has not yet responded to the amended complaint and its attorney, Edward McKarski of Bethlehem, could not be reached for comment for this story.
06/03/09: DogsBite.org Releases Report: U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008
08/23/08: Suing Animal Control Agencies or Municipalities After a Serious Dog Attack
05/07/08: 05/01-05/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police
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| 6/09/2009 2:42 AM |
If these societies and groups are going to take on these contracts, they need to deliver services with a HIGH priority to pit bull and vicious dog pickup.
Failing to respond, or delaying response, can mean death or injury for someone, as it did here.
That officer knew that if he left that vicious dog, it could kill someone.
What need particular watching are the No Kill animal control shelters, who often do everything they can to avoid taking vicious dogs and pits because they know they have to euthanize them or warehgouse them. Their lack of action is directly resulting in bodily harm to citizens.
| 6/09/2009 5:56 AM |
This is an area of the law that needs to develop. I am very interested in seeing these non-profit animal control organizations being held accountable for their nonsense defense of pit bulls. Anyone who has spent any time around pit bulls knows just how different they are when they go off.
| 6/09/2009 5:16 PM |
MAY 16, 2009 - "When the Lehigh County commissioners Wednesday night rejected funding for the Lehigh County Humane Society's animal control work, they were sending a couple of messages. One, as articulated by Commissioners Dean Browning and Glenn Eckhart, was that the county shouldn't be sending money to such a well-heeled organization at a time when the county's fiscal situation is dire. They pointed out that the Humane Society's investment portfolio has grown to almost $1.8 million."
Looks like the "No Killers" are after them as well:
"He and others complained about the humane society's unwillingness to explore a no-kill approach, its lack of transparency and its euthanization methods."