Saturday, August 15, 2009

Protesters Blast Decision To Euthanize Pit Bull

The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation held a protest in front of the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter to voice their disapproval after a pit bull that attacked a mail carrier was euthanized. The mail carrier, 53-year-old Georgina Pacheco, was making deliveries in the Shenendoah area of Miami when she was attacked by the brown and white pit bull named "Blue."

Miami police officer Jeffrey Giordano said the dog was a Staffordshire terrier, one of the largest varieties of pit bulls. Animal control officers took the dog away Wednesday evening.

Blue was to be quarantined for 10 days before officials would determine if it would be destroyed on grounds that it was a "dangerous animal." However, by Wednesday night, the CBS4 Newsroom received reports that the dog had already been euthanized.

Saturday's protesters said Fernandez was forcefully pressured by Miami-Dade Animal Services and threatened to forcefully take the dog and put Fernandez in prison.

Had the dog escaped death, the owner would have been ordered to remove it from the county. Pit Bulls are illegal in Miami-Dade.

The owner, Omar Fernandez, denies the dog is a pit bull, and says he is sweet and mild. He was furious Wednesday night, when he learned Miami-Dade Animal Services put his dog to sleep.