“Dangerous” Service Dog Spared Life, But Can’t Go Home
Ava is a therapy dog for Molly Kimball.
Molly is a 9 year old brain cancer patient who received 6 surgeries and chemotherapy every week.
Molly would often feel dizzy, and Ava was there to support her from falling down.
Everything makes me feel comfortable when she’s there
Then an unforseen accident happened.
In a routine game of hide & seek, Ava bit Molly’s neighbor, Isabella Gernhard:
The young lady next door, after a year of knowing the dog, has a game of hide-and-seek [with Ava] and hid behind her mom’s legs
The dog is trained to give a little kiss or lick when they find the person. It’s a weird situation. The dog was getting close, and was on a leash attached to a choker collar.
The bite was so severe that Isabella had to receive over 100 stitches and treatment for potential post traumatic stress disorder.
Isabelle’s mother, Elizabeth Gernhardt, said
My daughter was standing eight feet away and the dog just lunged forward and ripped most of her nose off
If the judge declares the dog should be put down, that’s the judge’s decision
After 11 months of service training, a service dog should not lunge
The father of Isabella writes:
I am the father of the little girl that was bitten. Just to set the record straight, they were not playing any games. The dog ran unleashed onto our property. The dog owners ran after and got it on a choke leash. The husband left and my wife and the woman who owns the dog were talking, with the dog on the leash laying on the ground. My daughter was called over to meet the dog again, because she is afraid of the dog ever since it nipped my son on the cheek back in November. She didn’t want to but ‘agreed’ to come by and stand behind my wife. She was not poking, prodding, wrestling, playing peekaboo, patty-cake, or any other game with the dog. She is very allergic to dogs and knows what happens when she pets a dog and doesn’t wash her hands immediately. While the two mothers were talking, Ava lunged for my daughter. She has puncture wounds under her chin in addition to the slashs down her nose.
I love dogs and WE do not want the dog put down, but we don’t want it back in the neighborhood. Retrain it to be a police dog, search/rescue, whatever. This whole situation really sucks. The above is a bit abbreviated, but it’s concise and true. And fyi, Paul the dog’s owner wasn’t even there. I really don’t understand what he was talking about on the video. Thanks for reading.
Yes, a tough situation.
On one side, Ava is a service dog that helps to heal a little girl who is in severe medical needs.
On the other side, Ava is a dangerous that needs to be put down to prevent future attacks.
Then the verdict came in.
The judge declared that Ava can live, but cannot go back to Molly or to the town where they both lived.
Readers, what do you think?
Is this a fair verdict?