The owner of a pit bull mix, who is scheduled to be put down soon for attacking and killing a neighbor's cat, is suing Broward County, Fla., officials to overturn his doggy's death penalty and the law that condemned his dog.
Brian Hoesch, 25, says a year-old one-strike-and-you're-dead law against dogs who kill other domestic animals in unprovoked attacks is unfair and amounts to seizure of property (in this case, the dog itself) without first giving the owner reasonable time and leeway to correct the dog's behavior.
The late cat's owner says tough nuts and may the dog have a peaceful journey to the doggy afterlife. Can't say I blame him. The cat was lounging on his porch when the dog came over and attacked it.
I feel for the dog, especially since her attorney claims she was mistreated as a pup. And in a perfect world I'd say spare her. But we don't live in a perfect world. And vicious animals probably should get put down if they can't be isolated, or maybe whether or not they can be isolated. I know that bad dogs tend to get that way from having bad owners. So if Hoesch wins and the law's changed and his dog is allowed to come home, what guarantee is there that Hoesch will do a better job keeping his dog secured?
Hoesch's stepdad had this to say of the inmate: ''She's really a very sweet dog. But unfortunately, she got out and killed the cat. She has a natural instinct to chase furry things. Our goal is to get her home.''
"She has a natural instinct to chase furry things."
Hmmm. I don't think the chasing part was what caused the problem here. I'm thinking it was the biting and killing part. But I haven't watched The Dog Whisperer in months, so what do I know?