Betty Whiteside, 64 of Charles Ave. pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of animal neglect of her pit bull named Blue according to Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian. This time it seems the dog may have been the victim, even though Blue had bitten Whiteside's grandson.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, authorities were called to Whiteside's home on December 16 because of a report the family dog had bitten a child. When authorities arrived, they were shocked at the dog's condition. The dog had sores all over him, and every bone in his body was visible. The dog lived among feces and garbage in a 2X2 enclosure towards the rear of the home.
The story became clearer when it was discovered that the grandchild had been physically fighting with his siblings causing the dog to become frantic and distressed. Allegedly that is when Blue nipped at the child's ankle.
Animal Care and Control have been caring for Blue and are pleased to announce the gentle dog has gained back ten pounds since being seized.
Whiteside is due back in court in April.
Read more about Blue from the San Francisco Examiner by clicking here.
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