Denise Wheeler's dog Jojo is safe from being euthanized by the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control - at least for awhile until an appeals court helps to decide his fate. A Temporary Stay Order was issued on Friday shortly after a Los Angeles judge deemed the dog vicious.
Jojo had been ordered to be euthanized.
According to the Facebook page Justice for Jojo however, a temporary Stay Order was issued on Friday even though the family didn't hold out much hope of saving their dog.
The tragic story began when Jojo, the one-and-a-half-year-old family pet who lived with Wheeler, Travis Vasquez, and their young child escaped from their Lancaster trailer park home. Saying she was very sorry that Jojo bit the two boys, Wheeler stated the boys were throwing rocks at the dog and then one of the kids stuck his hand through a fence when the dog severely bit the eight-year-old child's hand.
According to the family the two children were constantly tormenting the otherwise friendly dog. A post on Facebook described some of the torment Jojo endured and how the charges against the dog evolved:
"JoJo was a good family dog - living with small children and playing with other neighborhood children until he was taunted and teased. In addition to hurling pieces of concrete at him and spraying him with a hose, they would coax him into coming in contact with his electric fence. They would laugh at him when he cried out in pain. Two of his tormentors were eventually bitten,due to these antics and Los Angeles County Animal Services was called out."
Animal Control, despite an independent evaluation of the dog's temperament concluding the dog was not aggressive, stated Jojo was vicious.
Jojo will remain at the Los Angeles shelter pending further court action, but for now, he is safe.
Many thanks Denise Wheeler's attorney, Talitha Davies Wegner for reaching out to help save Jojo.
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