83. Deltona pit bull 'Snoopy' back home
DELTONA -- Snoopy the pit bull made a lot of friends on Facebook during his nearly month-long quarantine for nipping at another dog -- more than 24,000 of them -- and in late January, he was sprung from doggie jail to his Deltona owner.
Snoopy's situation is No. 83 in Headline Surfer's countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2012.
Snoopy had been under lock and key at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach since Dec. 27, 2011, when he pit a Jack Russell that was leashed broke free from its owner and attacked him. But Snoopy was taken into custody because he was declared a dangerous dog five years ago after biting another dog in his neighborhood. He could have faced being put down and that caused quite a stir in cyberspace.
A Facebook petition was mounted and before long 24,375 Facebook users signed a petition on the social network site under a page labeled "Please help save Snoopy!!"
Brandi Simmons of Maryland was among the recent Snoopy fans who wrote on the Facebook page: "How on earth can you blame snoopy for protecting himself and his owner from an attack by another dog! What was snoopy supposed to sit there and let himself be bitten? Clearly Snoopy is no threat to the public (after all he didn't break from his owner and attack someone else) so why don't you let him go back to his owner, who I am sure misses him very much!"
Kathleen Donnafield of Colorado wrote: "It's clear that Mr. Johnson acted responsibly by having HIS DOG on a leash. It's also clear that the out of control dog that attacked Snoopy and Mr. Johnson was not controlled by its owner. That Snoopy is being held and kept away from his owner is without merit and this dog needs to be returned to his human companion. Snoopy was wrongfully accused and unfortunately, I've seen far too many situations where dogs are allowed to walk with the leash trailing them, or often the end of the leash will be held by the dog in its own mouth. This is wrong and unsafe for others who follow the laws."
But Snoopy's release could have been delayed even longer, the city insisted in a press release after the pitbull's release to his owner, 77-year-old Bob Johnson, blaming an animal rights activist organization with trying to engage in legal wrangling.
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