Animal Services Officer Carra Mathewson responded to the location on Sunday and retrieved the dog for a quarantine period. Officer Mathewson asked the owner of the rescue if she would like to surrender the dog for euthanasia. The owner declined and said that the dog is not aggressive, nor had it illustrated any aggressive behavior in the past.
Due to the severity of the attack, Officer Mathewson and her supervisor, Sgt. Lesley Huennekens, sought a destruction order at a public hearing on Thursday. The victim’s father provided testimony, via telephone, as did a representative of the rescue organization. That individual did not witness the attack, but she testified that the girl reportedly put her face to the dog’s face and the parents were advised against such actions.
The hearing officer, independent of Animal Services, did not render a decision on Thursday. He told Animal Services a decision would be made by today or, at the latest, on Monday.
“It is crucial that we protect the public from dogs that may not be suitable for adoptions,” Animal Services Director Allan Drusys said. “We respect all of our rescue partners very much. These groups are helping us save lives. But it’scritical that everyone recognize that some breeds may not be a good pet, especially for households with children.”
In November 2017 a man adopted a dog from the rescue but returned the dog after he was attacked and suffered bite wounds to both arms. A similar incident happened in February 2018 when a man adopted a dog, but was bit in his hands and arms. Both adopters returned the dogs. Animal Services issued dangerous dog restraining orders for both.