Neville avoids euthanasia for now

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

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County Court judge has granted Austin Pets Alive! a temporary injunction, which prevents the euthanasia of Neville, the dog, until the case is fully adjudicated.

On Sept. 22, Neville bit a young child while a family visited Austin Pets Alive. The shelter says the child grabbed the dog and that his parents had been asked not to let the child on the ground

After the bite, a municipal court judge issued an order that the dog be euthanized. APA! has been fighting the order because they don’t believe Neville is a dangerous dog.

Judge Wong signed the injunction on Tuesday morning.

“APA! wishes to thank David Escamilla, Annalynn Cox and Sharon Talley and the entire Travis County Attorney’s Office for their agreement to keep Neville alive until the case can be fully resolved,’ says APA in a statement.

On Wednesday afternoon, the original municipal court issued an order rescinding Neville’s destruction. The order places specific restrictions on Neville’s new owner and on Austin Pets Alive!. APA! says they are reviewing the restrictions and says they “thank the judge for reconsidering. At this point Neville is safe but it is not final yet.” 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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