Kane Comes Home, Another Pit Bull Leaves for Lockup
Tampa, FL - After being locked up for nearly a year, Kane is back home. But after only 24 hours after his release, Animal Services confiscated another dog from the same family. What are the odds of that?
The story of Kane is told like this, according to his owner: About a year ago, a vet technician apparently dropped the dog on his head during an exam. When she reached down to pick the dog up, he nipped her on the face. Though a judge ordered Animal Services to give the dog back twice -- the agency twice refused.
The vet tech was hardly "nipped," her facial injuries required 14 stitches. Animal Services continues to stand by theory that Kane is a danger to the community.
Before this incident, Kane tore the pants off an animal control officer who confronted the dog. Kane was not removed from the home at that time -- too bad for the vet tech. His owners hope that he stays a good boy now so that he does not have to return to lock up. If he does return, we can only imagine the warm welcome the Hillsborough County Animal Services will give him.
The recent pet that was taken from Kane's owners, Tyler Burbank and Tiffany Eckart, was also a pit bull. According to them, there was a "situation on the edge of their property" last month, a teenager on rollerblades with a dog on a leash. They said she got tangled in her leash and somehow -- simultaneously -- one of their pit bulls got loose. When Tyler tried to intervene, his dog bit the other on the ear.
Hillsborough County attorneys and animal control officers maintain the dogs are a danger to society but Tyler and Tiffany vow to protect their pets at all costs, they've even got an online petition. The hearing is set for Thursday. Meanwhile, Kane is in a rehab facility near Bradenton. Kane had been locked up for so long he needs to be trained how to socialize again with people and other animals.