The Best News Possible

In a nutshell, the dogs are going to be taken by Animal Control TODAY.

Now for the details:

The hearing was held at City Hall at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

When I arrived at the meeting room, there were seventeen other people from the neighborhood there as well!

At 3:30 the Committee members who were holding the hearing came into the room and started the proceedings.

When they asked if the owners of the dogs were present, no one spoke, so the Chairman said that he would give them another five minutes because “parking downtown is hard to find sometimes…”‘

To which someone in the group responded “Well, we all got here on time!”!

After five more minutes the dog’s owners still hadn’t shown up, so the Chairman started the hearing.

Five minutes after that (and ten minutes after the meeting was supposed to have started in the first place!) the owners ( a man and a woman) showed up!

So the chairman started the proceedings all over again!

First they asked for anyone who had a complaint against the dogs to speak, and it was a good thing that I went to the meeting My Minions, because while other people had been chased and threatened by the dogs, I was the only one who was actually attacked and bitten!

The Committee then gave the owners a chance to speak, and the woman actually had the gall to say how surprised she was to hear about all of this and why hadn’t anyone in the neighborhood let her know?!!!

To which some people said that they HAD told her and one of her neighbors had even brought one of the dogs back to the house more than once! And I chimed in by asking how she could be surprised when for the past three weeks Animal Control has been trying to contact her to confirm if her dog’s shots were up to date and they never heard a word from her?!!!

Well, that shut her right up!

After a few more questions from the Committee, they made their decision.

Both dogs were considered vicious and were to be taken and held by Animal Control for a period of 14 days.

During that time the owners have to fulfill certain specific obligations, such as paying for the mandatory neutering, licensing and micro-chipping of the animals, having a secured outside structure built to hold the animals when they are outside and also, now that the city has labelled the animals as “vicious” the owners are required to obtain special insurance in order to continue to have these animals at their home!

There are additional obligations but these three are the big ones!

And if these obligations are not met within 14 days the animals will be euthanized.

None of their neighbors believe that these people will meet these obligations, so the animals will be put down.

I am planning on calling Animal Control tomorrow to confirm that they have the animals in their custody.

And once I have confirmed that Animal Control has them, then for the first time in almost four weeks I will feel safe…

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9 Comments

  1. Mel said,

    October 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Good, good, and good. It’s sad, of course, that the people a) never bothered to properly socialize their dogs, and b) didn’t bother to do what they needed to keep the dogs from running loose. Still, you should be able to walk your own dog in your neighborhood without fear of being attacked.

  2. JKB said,

    October 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Well, it’s sad for the dogs, and I hope the judge considers that they’ll probably just run out and get some more, pity. But Mel is right – you should be able to not fear walking around your neighborhood.

    You poor thing! **hugs**

  3. javabear said,

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    This is fantastic news! I’m glad you went to the meeting. These people don’t sound responsible enough to meet those requirements. I hope that indeed you do feel safe again!

  4. urspo said,

    October 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    i am not surprised to hear the owner of these dogs are not ‘quality’. I am glad you will feel safe.

  5. Lemuel said,

    October 23, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I am happy to hear this news. I suspect that the owners will not fulfill their obligations, but I also suspect that they will obtain new dogs. You might want to be on the watch for that ploy.

    But all in all good news for you and Teddyji!

  6. the hobbit said,

    October 23, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Congrats, love. Score one for the good folks.

  7. Coco said,

    October 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I’m glad to hear that the meeting went well…
    and that you and your neighbors will be in a safer environment.
    However, I’m sorry to hear that because of your neighbors’ lack of responsibility (or conscience) the dogs will be put down. Maybe someone can “reform”, “reteach” these dogs so that they won’t have to be put down…

    Stay well : )

    Hugs & Blessings

    yes, i finally posted ; )
    it’s a “funny” ; )

  8. Patti said,

    October 24, 2008 at 11:15 am

    “To which someone in the group responded “Well, we all got here on time!”!”

    That person would have been ME! I love that person.

    Anyhoo… I am very glad you will now feel safe. I, too am sad for the dogs because part of the blame lies in the owners negligence in having them properly secured but I honestly believe some dogs are just born mean and will not change.
    I am happy it went well and you and Teddyji can roam your neighborhood without fear!

  9. Greg said,

    October 24, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I’m a bit torn about the news. I’m glad that the owners will have to atone for what happened, but it sounds as though they may simply decline to do anything. The dogs will be euthanized because their owners couldn’t contain/control them properly. It’s sad in a way.


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