AUSTIN (KXAN) — There’s been a big push to save Neville the dog, but now there’s a petition asking the courts to humanely euthanize him, to protect the public from future risk.
Last month a family filed a court order to have Neville put down, after he bit their toddler at the Austin Pets Alive animal shelter. The shelter argues, they told the family not to put their child on the ground, but they did anyway. The judge originally sided with the family, but after an outpouring of support online to save Neville, the judge ordered a stay.
The new petition asks:
“That Austin Pets Alive, the courts, and the public dedicate their passion, time, and resources to training and rehoming the numerous other dogs who have not been shown to be a severe safety risk to humans and let Neville be humanely euthanized.”
KXAN spoke with several dog trainers off-camera, who say they’re seeing more families adopting dogs with aggressive tendencies, seeking help. They say sometimes the families are not given full disclosure of the dog’s history from the shelter.
One dog professional sent a statement, asking to remain anonymous:
“While I can’t say that all dog trainers are in support of this petition, I can say that those of us who are called in to “fix” the problem see that there is something very wrong going on here. Dogs are being inappropriately placed in homes. The big picture? Our shelters have a responsibility to place only stable dogs in pet dog homes. Anything outside of that is irresponsible and the damage is irreparable. The impact we’ll see 5-10 years from now? People ultimately deciding to purchase dogs from breeders versus adopt from shelters because they’ll think they’re getting a “safer” pet. Those “safer” pets are already out there in shelters across the county waiting for resources like the ones we have poured into this single incident”
KXAN reached out to Austin Pets Alive! for comment, but did not hear back at the time of this publication.