One year Old Rufus the beagle is under
quarantine. The beagle’s former owner is fighting to keep him, from being put to sleep.
On April 9th, Nicole West, was filling his
food dish. Her four year old son came up
behind the beagle and startled him. So the
dog bit the little boy on the lip.
The little boy was taken to the emergency room, where he received stitches. The incident had to be reported to animal control, from the hospital.
West says she was told the beagle would be “tested for aggression,” and if he was found not to be aggressive, Rufus would be put up for adoption. But last week, West learned that her former pet was scheduled to be euthanized because of the severity of the bite.
Orange County Animal Control, has a different statement about the incident. They state that the little boy needed surgery to reattach his lip, not stitches. Read their Report below. The beagle’s owner says that none of their report is true.
Orange County Animal Control Report On Rufus the Beagle
Nicole said the animal control officer came to her home at 10pm, to pick up Rufus. He told her that Rufus would be tested for aggression. The officer told her if the beagle showed no signs of aggression he would be put up for adoption. So West signed the papers.
When she called the next day, to check on Rufus, the shelter told her a different story. The Shelter had orders to euthanize her beagle. She made an appointment to meet with the animal control officer. When she went to meet the officer, she was handed a letter
that her dog would be put down. The reason was because her son’s bite was considered serious bodily injury, under state ruling.
Nicole decided to reach out to the facebook community to keep Rufus from being put down. They have 18,219 likes on the Save Rufus Facebook Page and people have donated money to help with her legal costs.
The matter is going to court. The story is gaining political support, through Commissioner Bobby Olszewski, who is also a beagle owner. He is doing what he can to help.
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If you want to save Rufus you can sign the petition , Change.orgSaveRufus and become a fan and like their facebook page. You can get updates on the case there. Save Rufus Facebook Page Please also
share the video above. We want to see Rufus, healthy and returned home safe and sound.
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