You may have read my last two animal welfare stories about Mouse, a dog declared to be dangerous in Riverside County. Mouse’s previous owner was a . . . well I’m not going to use the term here, but let’s just say he was irresponsible at best. It was his irresponsibility that caused Mouse to received the “dangerous dog” designation.
Why is this important? Earlier this year I wrote a story about Valentina Jay, a Hesperia resident whose two dogs were declared “dangerous,” not because they bit someone or threatened to bite someone, not because they acted dangerous, not for any good reason at all except that Valentina pissed off the wrong city official and her neighbors, who were absolutely bat crazy but wealthy and politically connected, were able to convince the city that the dogs were dangerous. I personally attended the hearing and the city could not produce one iota of evidence that these two dogs were dangerous.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. I will have a story that will post next week about another “contempt of animal control officer” where the ACO got caught red-handed in a bold-faced lie. Little did he know that the homeowner had surveillance video. And little did he know the homeowner would contact me and I would put him in touch with an animal welfare attorney. After confronting the lie, the humane society threatened a “dangerous dog” designation but changed their mind for a reason you will not believe.
So, again, why is this important? It is important because if you own a dog that is declared “dangerous,” even if it is not the least bit dangerous, you have a couple of options. One, you can relinquish the dog to be euthanized. And two, you can go along with the dangerous dog designation but that gives animal control the right to come knocking on your door anytime they see fit, demand entry into your home without a warrant, and require that you do ridiculous things to be able to keep your “dangerous” dog.
Tonight, I received a video taken when the transporter went to the shelter to pick of this dangerous dog Mouse. Take a look:
Although, it probably took the dangerous dog designation to get Mouse away from a terrible owner, it almost cost Mouse his life. He literally was on his last minutes before he was saved. That could easily happen to your dog, and your dog does not have to be vicious, dangerous, or a threat to anyone. All you have to do is get on the wrong side of a government bureaucrat and not have the ability to get an attorney involved.