Barrow pitbull owner in bid to save dog on death row
Last updated at 10:24, Tuesday, 03 September 2013
THE owner of a dog on death row is launching a legal challenge in a bid to spare a family pet from execution.
Jordan Riglar’s pitbull terrier Kugo was sentenced to death by a district judge in Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Now Mr Riglar says he will launch a legal challenge in a bid to save his dog from death row and his solicitors are working on the appeal.
Kugo had been staying with Mr Riglar’s friends when he escaped and police found him in the street.
However, because pitbulls are classed as fighting dogs, they are a restricted breed and as a result Kugo was seized by police who have held him for three months, running up an £800 kennel bill.
Mr Riglar said: “I’ve had Kugo since he was six weeks old – he’s coming up two years now.
“He’s a family dog and this feels like they have taken one of my kids away.
“They’ve told me I am unfit to own a dog, but I have done everything I can to prove to them that my dog is not vicious or a danger to the public.
“If I get him back there are £800 kennel fees, I’d have to get him chipped and muzzled – if I was that irresponsible I wouldn’t be willing to do it, I’d just leave it, but I love dogs.”
Kugo was bought as a Christmas present for Mr Riglar’s son, Cory, who is oblivious to the drama surrounding his pet.
He added: “He’s part of the family, he has been all over with us. They’ve put him on death row. I was expecting to be told I could have him back and muzzle him.
“I’ve had dogs all my life and I’ve never had a problem.”
He added: “I’ve not been allowed to see him or even be told how he is.”
Mr Riglar was banned from owning a dog for five years and district judge Mr Gerald Chalk ordered the destruction of Kugo.
First published at 16:01, Monday, 02 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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The owner of the pit bull baby needs to contact DDA Watch on Facebook who fight for seized dogs and their owners . Good luck with the fight , I hope you get him back home where he belongs . BSL , BULL SHIT LEGISLATION . Too many loving family dogs being murdered because of this so called law ,,,
Banned breed?? Dangerous?? It was knee jerk decision by the law maker! Bedlington terrier was a fighting dog!!!! And legal to own in UK! It is so biased law amd kudos to the owner fighting for this dog's life - owner - if you are reading this - you have my support and blessing.
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