JUSTICE FOR LEO

Leo, a 3 year old German Shepard was secured in his family's fenced yard with his little brother on May 1st when the family left the residence. When they returned, the gate was OPEN and Leo was gone. Environmental Control had picked up the dog after receiving a complaint from the family's adjacent neighbor. The same neighbor who had conveniently threatened to shoot the dog and the dad. The tag left by said they family could reclaim the dog within 15 days but when they went to get him, they had now deemed him dangerous and said they could not have him back unless they went to court. The officer asked the family how much the dog was worth? About $300? And proceeded to tell them court costs would be greater alluding to that they should leave him and let them euthanize him. The story as to what deemed him aggressive has changed depending on who you speak to and is different from an eyewitnesses account. When asked why they didn't take the little dog, the officer said because a little dog won't rip your liver out like a German Shepard. A classic example of breedism! Per law, the family is supposed to have a hearing within 5 days. However, due to the virus, the court date is a month away!!! In an effort to come up with a reasonable compromise, Directors of the Shelter and County Officials were contacted. They have been less than responsive. In speaking to the media and community, it has come to our attention that Leo is not the only pup who is a victim of human ill intent. Leo has NEVER bit anyone. Leo has NEVER been aggressive. A trainer went to assess him in his jail cell and saw no signs of aggression. Due to his new title, the shelter will not allow him outside of his kennel. He is not walked. They shelter said they didn't have a bowl the other day and made the family feed him under the gate on newspaper. They do not take him out when they clean his concrete bed so they spray a hose with him in the cell. We have tried and tried to be cordial and do things the right way. The Director has hung up on multiple people trying to help. The lack of professionalism has really concerned us for his safety. This seems to be more of a power trip for some so it is imperative that this two young girls don't get bulldozed in court. If you could help with some attorney fees then maybe they have a chance and Leo will be able to come home.

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Organizer

Kelly Curran 
Organizer
Florence, SC
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