Sunday, July 05, 2009

The tale of Stu the dog

I defend a fair number of dangerous dog cases every year. Generally, they are stacked so badly against animal owners that it really would be faster just to write these local and state laws to say "The government wins. Case over." It's a nightmare even for me, and I'm just the attorney. I can't even begin to imagine how scary it must be for my clients.

Now here we have the story of Stu, who has apparently been holed up at the LA animal shelter since roughly when the White Sox won the World Series. (For you non-Sox fans, that's Fall 2005, or 9/15/2005 if you want to cheat and look at the photo.)

I have not independently confirmed the facts of this story (and yes, it did seem a little odd that a local writer in Chicago would be covering this pending case in Los Angeles). But if you can confirm it's true, and you live in the L.A. area, you may want to contact the local prosecutor and ask why s/he apparently has no other cases to prosecute. Write a letter to the mayor, reminding him you vote. And if all else fails, go to the court hearing later this month. Let the hearing officer know (politely of course, without being disruptive), that the public really is watching.

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