we've got signatures, help us get to 1,000 by January 24, 2015
Kens5 TV in San Antonio did a feature story on Buddy, with a link to our petition. Please be sure to check it out.
There is a legal fund to help with Buddy's increasing legal fees as well as expensive charges at Animal Control Services. Go here to help if you can:
Also, on January 18th, there will be a protest at Alamo Plaza in front of the court building. Wear red and bring all of your animal lover friends. Try to bring a sign if you can #SAVEBUDDY
Wonderful news, everyone. The judge ruled that Buddy will receive another reprieve while his lawyer pursues his appeal. Mr. Gilbert Garcia, of MySanAntonio.com mentioned our petition (unfortunately not specifically) in his article about the latest hearing. Our voices are being heard! Keep signing, tweeting, and sharing! #SaveBuddy
Here is a link to the article:
Great job everyone! Buddy is going home! An agreement has been reached between the courts & the Mojica family. Buddy should be reunited with his owners within a short time. I'm so proud of all of you that took the time to sign, to donate, to attend the rally, and above all to MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD! Public outcry over Buddy was at least part of the decision to vacate the order to euthanize and we are THRILLED with the outcome. Congrats to the Mojica family! We couldn't be happier for you!
Now that Buddy has been granted his due process and allowed to live for the duration of his appeal, we wish to extend the objective of this petition.
Buddy the Dog is still in solitary confinement at Animal Care Services awaiting his appeal, which could be months away! His owners can’t visit him and haven’t seen him for more than two months. We now beg the City of San Antonio to VACATE Judge Guerrero’s order and release Buddy to his family while he awaits appeal. The City of San Antonio has the power to right this injustice and we call on the City Council, City Attorney Robbie Greenblum and Mayor Castro to do so without further delay.
Request for Assistance:
The cost of boarding Buddy at ACS is very expensive and Buddy's elderly family is expected to pay these fees, as well as any legal costs incurred during Buddy's appeal. For an elderly couple living in an apartment complex, these fees are more than they can likely handle. A compassionate young woman named Deanna has set up a legal fund to help with these costs. If you can, please consider donating. At this time, a little over a thousand dollars has been raised. If everyone who has signed this petition only donates a single dollar, we will meet our initial goal of $5000.00
SIGN THIS PETITION TO BEG THE SAN ANTONIO COURTS TO SPARE BUDDY'S LIFE AND RETURN HIM TO HIS OWNER. THIS DOG DID NOTHING MORE THAN REACT TO WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A THREAT, AS ANY MAMMAL WITH A FRONTAL LOBE WOULD DO. WE URGE THE JUDGE TO CONSIDER HIS PAST WHICH IS FREE OF AGGRESSION AND REALIZE THAT ANY PROVOKED ANIMAL WILL REACT UNDER THREAT. PLEASE SPARE HIS LIFE, AND RETURN HIM TO HIS OWNERS. WE URGE THE COURTS TO COME TO A FAIR COMPROMISE, ONE THAT WILL MAKE BUDDY'S NEIGHBORS FEEL SAFE, WHILE KEEPING THE DOG ALIVE. ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS, AND EUTHANIZING A PET SHOULD ALWAYS BE A LAST RESORT!
Buddy the Dog was out on a walk with his 82 year old owner, Homer Mojica, when a little girl approached the dog. What happened next remains in dispute. A signed affidavit from two independent witnesses state that the dog was both leashed and provoked when the 9 year old girl screamed in the dog's face. Buddy reacted by snapping at the girl, causing her to retain scratches, bruises, and a gash on her cheek. Several stitches near her eye area were also needed.
The law requires that "serious bodily harm" be done before an animal can be euthanized but that is a very vague phrase. The girl's wounds have completely healed now, according to her own father. Both sides agree that Buddy has no history of aggression. But Animal Control Services and city officials have reacted by aggressively attempting to have Buddy euthanized. Only an emergency restraining order by Buddy's lawyer, Michelle Maloney, kept Buddy alive for a few days while she filed an appeal. City officials have now agreed to give Buddy his due process by allowing him to live in his tiny kennel at ACS while he awaits the results of his appeal. (UPDATE: He has now been released to the care of a court appointed veterinarian who will care for him while the courts work out what to do.)
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