An Antelope Valley family's beloved German shepherd mix could be euthanized Friday afternoon by Animal Control after a L.A. County judge deemed their dog vicious.
According to Abc.com, two months ago the judge signed a temporary restraining order barring the L.A. County Animal Control from euthanizing Jojo, after the dog was seized because he bit two young children. The dog belongs to Denise Wheeler who has been trying for weeks to save her dog stating:
"He was the perfect dog and the perfect family member and they just ripped him away from us."
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.
Even if the court wouldn't give Jojo back to the family, Wheeler's attorney Talitha Wegner pleaded with the judge to turn the dog over to a rescue.
During the trial, Wegner brought in an animal behavior specialist who testified that even the most passive and gentle dog could bite if teased over and over, and therefore Jojo could not be determined to be vicious. None of Jojo's temperament tests showed any aggression.
Wegner told the judge that Jojo is no threat to the public since he is contained at a shelter, but the judge did not seem interested. Wheeler hopes to appeal, but doesn't hold out much hope.
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