Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Texas: County approves payment of $20k to shelter which has housed pit bulls since 2015

TEXAS -- The Henderson County Commissioners Court approved a payment to the Henderson County Humane Society on Tuesday for housing three pit bulldogs that were seized in January 2015.

The payment was for $20,075, which was accumulated at a cost of $10 per animal per day.  County Attorney Clint Davis said the three pit bulldogs were allegedly involved in an attack and injured a Cherokee Shores man. The animals were seized by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

In Jan. 2015, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kevin Pollock ordered two of the dogs, owned by David Hayes of Arrowhead Drive in Cherokee Shores, euthanized. Hayes, who was represented by Attorney James Owen, appealed the verdict on Jan. 30, claiming there was no evidence that the dogs in question had caused the man's injuries.

After hearing the appeal, County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Scott Williams ruled that all three of the animals were involved in the attack, and ordered them all be humanely destroyed. Davis said Hayes appealed Williams' decision to the Texas 12th Court of Appeals where it remains today.

“We've seen an increase in these cases,” Davis said. “We had a hearing on one last week in Judge  (Tommy) Barnett's court, that I actually handled, and we've got another one pending in the morning in Judge (Randy) Daniels’ Court.”

Norma Lambert, of the Henderson County Humane Society, said they had to construct a special pen to house the alleged dangerous animals while the canine case progressed through the courts.

(Athens Review - Nov 22, 2016)