A veterinarian’s Labrador mix may face euthanasia after an incident with a child at his clinic! What really happened may well always remain a mystery, but the law on the subject is clear, albeit possibly unfair!
Dr. Paul Gartenberg’s Labrador mix, Padi, is currently at Manatee County Animal Services.
Last month, a 4-year-old boy came to visit the veterinarian at his clinic and played with Padi. An Animal Services report said the kid started throwing toys for the dog to chase but when Padi went under the desk in Dr. Gartenber’s office, the boy followed and the dog bit off part of his ear.
“He was in doctor’s office and that is his safe area. That is where he goes when he wants to get away from people,” said Monica Wilson.
But there are conflicting reports from two separate investigations. The Animal Services report said the boy lunged at the dog, provoking the bite. The Sheriff’s office report said it was the dog that lunged at the boy.
“He is not a dangerous dog. Hundreds of people have been in my clinic and know Padi,” Dr. Gartenberg told FOX 13.
Whatever the truth is, the Manatee County Animal Services said it must follow protocol.
“When an animal bites a human and there is severe injury the law is pretty clear that the dog must be confiscated,” said Nicholas Azzara, Manatee County Spokesman.
Both sides presented their case to a hearing officer last week and the officer will soon decide the Labrador mix’s fate, which may include euthanasia.
“I am just so sorry for the whole thing,” said Dr. Gartenberg.
The child’s family did not want to comment. A lawyer for the family said they don’t have a position on the dog’s future. They said they are just concerned about their son’s well-being.
Now, Dr. Gartenberg is hoping for the best for his pet.
“This dog was purely acting defensively. I can’t think of a dog that wouldn’t have reacted the way that Padi did,” the vet said.
It will be up to an Animal Service officer to determine whether that is true.
Source: My FOX Tampa Bay