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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 physical pain."

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 maimed somebody."

"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.

Credit : posted by: Jeffrey Wolf , Web Producer | written by: Carrie McClure , Anchor/Reporter | (Copyright KUSA*TV. All rights reserved.)


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