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JUDICIAL SYSTEM: High costs mean dog will be euthanized

Letter by Ellen J. Robinette, Puyallup on Dec. 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | No Comments »
December 21, 2012 2:47 pm

How many innocent pets have been euthanized because their owner is unable to pay the appeal costs or retain an attorney?

I am currently trying to defend my best friend, my child, my loyal companion of nine years, my protector and pit bull from being declared a dangerous dog. I am forced to defend him myself because I cannot afford an attorney as I am on a fixed income.

I have no problem defending him until it comes to all the costs that have been imposed, such as court reporter and certified copies of administrative records. The cost are enormous. If you cannot afford these costs then you lose. This is our fair judicial system?

I am willing to do whatever I can to save him, but I am low income and cannot afford to pay these ridiculous costs. I am going to lose and will have to give my dog to animal control to be euthanized.

In July of this year someone entered my back yard without permission, and my dog went after him. I put myself between them and was inadvertently bitten, so my dog was declared a dangerous dog. I have been fighting for him since but because of the costs, I am at a standstill and don’t know where to turn.

My dog was only protecting me. He was beaten and provoked, but that doesn’t seem to have any relevance so please beware.

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