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.
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)