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A Dog Marked For Death Survives On Appeal

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 A big dog named Diesel got a second chance at life in Bossier City last week.

Bossier City Animal Control wanted to label him a vicious dog.  If your pet gets the vicious label in Bossier City that pretty much equals death.  In other words your pet will be euthanized.

Diesel's troubles started in early July when the next door neighbor's dog, a pit bull -- jumped a fence and crawled under a tall wooden security fence and attacked 3 year old american bulldog mastiff mix named Diesel.

Diesel got torn up. His owner Vanessa Vanarsdale called 9-1-1.

Both dogs were already labeled dangerous dogs and according to animal control Diesel did not have his collar on because of this animal control officers took both dogs even though Diesel was the one being attacked.  

An investigation led city officials to label both dogs vicious which means they were going to die at the hands of animal control.  Unless their recommendations were overturned on appeal to city council by the dog owner.

Gary Neathery is the Bossier City Director of Public Works and oversees animal control. He says a dog can be labeled dangerous if  a dog if it bites or injures another anima or if it bites, attacks or threatens to attack a person and that incident has to occur on property accessible to the public.

 He also said dangerous dog can be classified as a vicious dog if the dog or owner violates certain rules laid out for dangerous dogs or if on the first attack that it commits causes gross injuries to a human being.

Diesel fell under the vicious dog classification because when officers arrived he did not have his collar on which is a dangerous dog violation but something Vanessa denies.

The show down August 5th in city council chambers put Neathery versus Vanessa.  Neathery told the council this dog needs to be classified as a vicious dog based on the city ordinance.  Vanessa tearfully pleaded with council to spare her dog's life because he is family and has never bit a person or dog.  Council members voted to and there were not enough votes to uphold the Public Works Directors recommendations and Diesel was allowed to go back home.

Neathery says what happened  in city council that day was unprecedented. Never before has city council gone against it's own set of rules.

Now as far as diesel is concerned

Bossier City Council member David Montgomery voiced his concerns about council going against the city ordinance when it comes to dangerous and vicious dogs.  The city attorney we will just have to deal with the liability or whatever may occur.

The next door neighbor dog that attacked Diesel was voted out of Bossier city by city council members.

There are currently twelve dangerous dogs living in Bossier City and five vicious dogs have been put down since the ordinance was officially put into the books in 2007.

Caddo Parish has eleven dangerous dogs and it's not clear how many animals have been euthanized, because Caddo does not keep track of the number of vicious dogs it euthanizes.

Laws concerning dangerous and vicious animals are very similar in Caddo Parish and Bossier City.
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