Labrador mix Padi remains in the custody of the Manatee County – his fate still undecided!
On Monday, lawyers acting for Padi met with the County Attorney’s office and discussed the possibility of sending the case to a circuit court for a ruling on the constitutionality of a state law that requires dogs causing severe injuries to be euthanized.
If a judge declares that law unconstitutional, Padi would likely no longer face euthanasia. If it goes the other way, Padi’s family could either appeal that or continue with the county hearing process
Florida statute 767.13 says:
If a dog that has not been declared dangerous attacks and causes severe injury to or death of any human, the dog shall be immediately confiscated by an animal control authority, placed in quarantine, if necessary, for the proper length of time or held for 10 business days after the owner is given written notification under s. 767.12, and thereafter destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.
It seems that no one wants this sweet Labrador to die, but official’s hands are tied by a law that insists on euthanasia and does not allow any discretion.
A Facebook page Free Padi calling for the release of the dog has earned thousands of followers. Concerned people have also reached out to the lawyers involved in Padi’s case, urging them to release the Labrador mix.
Manatee County has received criticisms from dog owners outside their jurisdiction. They say they will never set foot on the county for the fear of their pets’ lives.
You can follow Padi’s story and show your support at Free Padi.