Skip to comments.Two-Day Trial Challenges County's Policy on Euthanizing Pit Bulls
Posted on 05/06/2009 11:18:55 PM PDT by Chet 99
By all accounts, the 3-month-old pit bull puppy at Loudoun County's animal shelter was a happy, sociable and gentle dog. He didn't fit the breed's vicious image. The brown-and-white puppy jumped up on shelter employees' laps and loved to play. In evaluations, workers described him as "silly," "wiggly" and "very lovey."
Unfortunately for him, he made a few key mistakes in two required behavioral assessments in July 2007. Most puppies would have survived the gaffes, several animal rescue groups allege. But this puppy -- he didn't have a name, only a county-issued identification number, 43063 -- was a pit bull in Loudoun County, the only Northern Virginia jurisdiction that prohibits public adoptions of the breed. So he was euthanized.
The county's decision to put the dog to sleep, along with 213 others since January 2006, was at the center of a two-day civil trial in Loudoun County Circuit Court about whether Loudoun violated state and local laws that give people the right to adopt the dog of their choice from a publicly funded shelter. Arguments in the case concluded yesterday.
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