Children’s ‘harmless’ puppy slated to die because mom doesn’t have money to pay up front

A Middlesbrough, United Kingdom young mother stood up in front of court on Friday at the Teesside Magistrate’s Court to fight for her family’s beloved pit bull puppy, reports the Gazette Live. Rocco the pit bull

Adorable one-year-old, Rocco is on death row unless his owner, Victoria Dismore, 22, comes up with a $130 fee to register the dog under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. Rocco is a pit bull mix, however even the local Cleveland Police’s dog legislation officer stated the dog “does not constitute a danger to the public.”

“He’s never done anything wrong in his life,” Victoria told the magistrate. “They will lock people up for committing animal cruelty but then they are going around killing dogs just for being a certain breed.”

Last month the energetic dog escaped from his home in Grove Hill and was taken to the shelter where tests alleged he was one of the blacklisted breeds. The family has not been allowed to see their dog; Victoria’s children have been told Rocco is on “holiday.”

In order to get Rocco back, Victoria must come up with the money – otherwise the judge told her the dog “must be destroyed.” Tragically the mother of the young children told the judge she had been saving her money to buy her children shoes, but plans to get a loan next week to get their dog home.

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(Photo via screenshot of Gazette Live)

 

  1. Linda Szymoniak
    Linda Szymoniak says:

    I wish they had included a link for donating for the dog’s fees. I honestly don’t understand how a dog can be killed just because the owner doesn’t have a fee. Let them make arrangements for payments – $10 a week or something. Just let the dog go home where he’ll be with his loving family. AND, the problem in many cases is that a dog being held will continue to rack up fees for every day he’s being held. Kennel fees. Changes need to be made to the system.

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  2. maxiemom
    maxiemom says:

    Stupid, barbaric law needs to be done away with NOW! All it does is kill innocent dogs at the expense of families, children, and others.

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  3. Shelly R Berchem (Pinks)
    Shelly R Berchem (Pinks) says:

    Hello, I would like to pay for this family, the funds to get their family pet back. They live in Europe? How can I help this family? Rocco, in Middlesbrough United Kingdom. My cell number is 219-380-7735 call any time any hour, please leave a message if I do not pick up. And I will return call asap. Sincerely, Shelly Renee Berchem (Pinks). LaPorte, Indiana, USA.

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  4. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    Do I have this correct? You have to pay a $130 fee to register your dog or it’s considered dangerous? What kind of Bull is this?

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  5. Kristin
    Kristin says:

    Can the author of this article make contact with the owner? If so… I would also like to help. Please let us know how!

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    • Shelly R Berchem (Pinks)
      Shelly R Berchem (Pinks) says:

      HI KRISTIN, IM Shelly from Indiana, and I am not sure how to contact the owner. But, my Good ness, how shameful is the court system. All they want is money, Im not sure why they won’t release her pet, but the courts want 130.00 and the mother was saving to buy her children’s shoes. What a damn shame, that the court system doesn’t show some compassion.

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  6. Stephanie Eberhardt Wooley
    Stephanie Eberhardt Wooley says:

    Don’t mean to stir the pot but that dog looks like a Boxer and as far as I know, they are not on the DDA list. And I don’t buy into “if it looks like a pit” because even experts cannot identify a pit like dog on sight alone. And if his fee is not already paid, contact me on Facebook with the info and I will gladly pay it.

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  7. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    So pay $130 more than everyone else to put your NON-dangerous mix on a dangerous list??? And if this government office doesn’t get their $130, they prefer to come up with the cost of a shot or 2 of euthanasia?! Really? How about stop wasting the judge’s time, this poor mother’s time, the authority’s time and let this beautiful pup LIVE out its life with the people who love him…for free! OMG. Common sense UK…live and let live.

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  8. Barbara Cochrane
    Barbara Cochrane says:

    How can we get money to this poor mom. She should be able to keep her doggie and buy shoes for her children. What a screwed up world. These BSL’s have to be eliminated.

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  9. Elizabeth. Bizich
    Elizabeth. Bizich says:

    Give the woman her dog back n let her children have their pet back. Quit being a non doglike for n show your soft side if you have one please please

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