In the Dallas Municipal Court in Texas, a yellow Labrador retriever named Lamb of God, life remains in limbo as animal lovers, city officials and an impressive list of attorneys came to the pooch’s defense on Monday. Last month, Lamb of God was ordered to be destroyed by Judge Michael Acuna after the dog bit a 13-year-old boy, who the owner said just got his face too close to the protective pooch.
Sean Baugh, the homeless man who is dog’s owner, contends she is a good dog. According to NewsCw33, there are people who disagree how good Lamby really is – city attorneys and staff at the Dallas Animal Services including a veterinarian state the dog is a “ticking time bomb.”
Lamby, however has worked her big brown eyes and her desperate tale into the hearts of animal lovers and activists throughout the country – so much so she has attracted a most prestigious legal team who have stated a homeless man with no legal training and expertise was no match for the city’s attorneys who convinced the judge to make the decision to kill the dog. City attorneys cited cases where the dog had bitten three people in the last year, contending they could not release the dog to a sanctuary since the judge had deemed the dog a threat to public safety.
A lead activist in the huge movement to save the dog’s life said the child continued to put his face in front of the dog despite Baugh continually warning the child’s mother asking her to tell the kid to stop.
On Monday, the lawyers met with Judge Acuna for 90 minutes with lots of questions; it was not clear which way the judge was leaning. The lawyers – two former Dallas County prosecutors cast doubt on the boy’s case using the photos of the boy’s face. And to add to the impressive credentials of Lamby’s legal team, came Don Feare, an animal rights attorney and professor who pleaded with the judge:
“Don’t take advantage of the disadvantaged.”
As to the dog’s background, Baugh, a panhandler, would dress his dog up in costumes with hats and sunglasses and offered her to pose in photos with people for a few coins in the downtown area of Deep Ellum. Although there have been multiple stories of Baugh abusing the dog, he denies all the allegations and refers to the dog as having been bestowed upon him as a gift from God. In March 2016, he said he found the “mangy” dog scavenging through the streets, and for the last two years, Lamby has never been hungry and always has a safe shelter.
“People didn’t see when it’s cold outside and I only have one sweater, the dog gets it,” Baugh said. “People didn’t see my little puppy waking me up with kisses.”
And so the battle seems to be two-fold. The child was seen by witnesses taunting the dog. Come on, we all know not to get in a dog’s face – especially a strange dog, and surely a 13-year-old kid dangling a dollar bill in the face of an unknown dog should have been enough for his mother to stop the inappropriate behavior. Combine that with a homeless man who may have abused the dog, then pops the questions?
“Is the dog to blame? Does she have to pay for human errors with her life? Where is our humanity?”
Will Lamby get a reprieve or will she die? Will Lamby be returned to her owner? Will Lamby get a new home at a sanctuary?
(Photos of Lamb of God via Facebook, Kattie Vittetoe)
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