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  • Jeremy Cohen

Dig up the facts

Updated: Jul 13, 2023


In 2012 Midnight bit an 8 year old boy on the hand and for this she was sentenced to be euthanized. This seemed fair to most people from just reading the headline, but not to us. We were hired to file an appeal for Midnight. Our investigation revealed that quite often the boy and his friends would throw rocks through the chain-link fence at Midnight when she was alone in her yard. The day he was bit, the boy was alone and Midnight was on a leash. There was no fence between them and when he reached to pet her she bit his hand. To defend her I reached out to an animal behaviorist who explained how dogs can remember things like a boy throwing rocks at them. We won the appeal and the case was dismissed. Her actions were justified. We combined facts and the law to save Midnight. If a person is teasing or tormenting a dog or trespassing at the time of the bite, the dog’s actions may be justified and the pet owner may be able to avoid liability.

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