Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 24, 2013

Pit bull owner challenging city ruling to have dog destroyed

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A pit bull owner in Bluefield is challenging a city ruling seeking to have her dog destroyed.

Bluefield City Attorney Brian Cochran said today’s hearing before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler has nothing to do with the city’s current ban on pit bulls. The city ordered the dog to be put down before the most recent pit bull ordinance was put in place.

The municipal court ordered a vicious pit bull to be destroyed, and the defendant has appealed the ruling to this court,” Cochran said before the hearing.

The city ruled the dog had to be destroyed in April.

Sadler deferred making a ruling today, and said he hoped to make one within a week.

Attorney Gerald Linkous, an assistant public defender representing Estella Mae Robinson, argued that only magistrates and circuit judges could order that an animal be put down.

After the hearing, Robinson said her pit bull — Major — was protective of her. She said last March animal control officer Randall Thompson answered a call when her other pit bull, a year-old pup, got off its chain. Robinson said Major bit Thompson on both hands when he slipped off his chain.

Major has been held at the Mercer County Animal Shelter since March.

Robinson said Major’s birthday was Sept. 11, and she hoped to get him back by then.

“I’m hoping to get my baby back,” she said. “He’s not mean, and he’s not vicious.”


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