|OWNER TRYING TO SAVE DOG FROM DEATH SENTENCE|
October, 09 2007
ARVADA - In Row F, Kennel Number 12, at the Table Mountain
Animal Center, sits Rolo, a 5-year-old German shepherd, who
hasn't left his cage since mid-August.
Rolo was deemed "dangerous" by an Arvada judge, who ruled
that the dog be euthanized, after some say he attacked a
neighbor in early July.
Rolo's owner, Laura Hagan, who is now appealing the ruling,
says she was about to take Rolo for a walk when he escaped
out of the fence.
"It happened in seconds," she said.
Hagan claims Rolo bit her neighbor, Kathy Hardin, from
behind, tearing her dress and bruising her buttocks.
The police report from that day lists Hardin's injuries as
"bruises and abrasions", but some witnesses say the injuries
were much more severe.
"The bruises on her were horrendous," said neighbor Sharon
England. "The dog broke the skin. She (Hardin) was in great
Hardin has since hired an attorney, Howard Zucker, who says
his client is the true victim in this case.
Neighbors are divided as to what type of dog Rolo was while
he lived in the neighborhood.
"He never made me feel threatened," said neighbor Blaine
Mitchell. "If he was a vicious dog, he would have seriously
"The dog is very aggressive," argued England. "I never
trusted the dog was safe."
Since the ordeal, Hagan has added a 6-foot cedar wood fence
to her 5-foot chain link fence that was already in place.
She also attempted to enroll Rolo in dog-training classes.
For now, however, she visits him in Kennel Number 12,
several times a week.
"This is my baby," she said. "He's not this dog they've
painted him to be."
The date for Hagan's appeal hearing has not yet been set.
In the meantime, she says she gathered about 100 signatures
from others in the neighborhood who feel Rolo should live.
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