In Klamath Falls, four dogs have been ordered to be euthanized after they mauled a ten-year-old girl on June 1. Last Thursday, the Klamath County commissioners unanimously voted to kill the Mastiff dogs stating it was in the public’s interest to end their lives.
According to the Herald and News, dog owner, Vincent Berry has ten days to appeal the decision through the court system. Berry intends to file the appeal through Klamath County Circuit Court. The attack took place at Berry’s home where Berry’s neighbor, Alyssa Stevens, 10 had been playing with the four dogs in an enclosed yard while her father had been home next door. Deputies stated the child had been around the dogs many times, and there had never been any incidents. The dogs had never been reported to be aggressive or a menace to anyone in the past. Berry stated the child had no permission to be in his yard with the dogs.
Alyssa suffered serious injuries including a torn scalp, punctured lung and broken ribs. She remained hospitalized for several weeks.
Commissioners agree this has been a very difficult decision. No criminal charges were ever pressed against Mr. Berry, however the dogs were labeled “dangerous” and according to state law, the commissioners can order the dogs killed. The child’s father told authorities he didn’t see any alternative, considering the seriousness of the injuries inflicted upon his daughter. Mr. Berry, however has proposed moving his dogs out of Klamath County to Washington where they would live in a very rural area. Evidence had not been provided how the dogs would be safely secured as to prevent any danger in the future. In the appeal, Berry will present his plan to safely keep the dogs separated.
Unless the case is appealed, the dogs will be die on August 21. The order also directs Berry to turn over a fourth dog not currently in custody; the other three dogs remain in custody. It had been previously reported that the other dog still with the family had not been involved in the attack.
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(Photo of likeness of the four dogs via Pixabay)
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