Arcane Dog Laws
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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