Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tampa dog on death row

According to this story, Kane the pit bull is still in Animal Control custody despite two orders requiring Kane's release to his owner. In addition to the facts, the story contains the following bit of procedural history and a quote from the judge:

[A]t a hearing to get permission to put the dog down, Animal Control lost and the hearing officer signed an order, saying the dog needed to be released to his owners.

Animal Control refused.

"I did not ignore anything," McCullough says. "I followed the advice of our counsel ... our counsel advised us to not return the dog."

That did not please the judge.

"All I'm hearing is, 'Court order? We're not following it.' That's all I'm hearing," Judge Nazaretian said in court.

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