Austin shelter tries to keep dog from being euthanized

Neville (Austin Pets Alive! Outreach)
Neville (Austin Pets Alive! Outreach)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin animal shelter is attempting to stop the planned euthanizing of one of their dogs.

On September 22, a family visited Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) with their young son. The shelter says they advised the parents not to let their son on the ground, but they did. The dog, “Neville”, bit the child after, the shelter says, the child grabbed the dog.

“We don’t believe this is a dangerous dog,” said Mike Kaviani, APA!’s Dog Behavior Team manager. “He did not seek out the child to bite, he was simply reacting to the child who cornered him.”

A municipal court judge issued an order that the dog be killed. APA! is fighting that order through a petition and a donations request for their legal defense.

In response to the order Kaviani says, “We haven’t been given any options at all other than killing the dog or we would be taking them. We are saddened and outraged we were not given an opportunity to find a better outcome for Neville.”

To join the efforts to save Neville you can sign the petition here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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