Ernest Dempsey — There is a general equation for a family disaster getting increasingly known across the United States to affected families; that is, bad neighbors plus abusive animal control equals disaster for family having pet dogs. A recent case of this nature happened in Las Vegas, Nevada, where two 5-year-old boxers of a family were seized by the animal control and put on death row after a neighbor called the animal control and accused the boxers of attacking her small dog and injuring it.
The boxers named Cane and Mala, belonging to a lady named Milijana Kandic, were picked up by the Lied Animal Shelter on July 12, 2012, after a neighbor called them and accused the two dogs of attacking her Chihuahua named “Benny Blue Eyes”, causing injuries to the small dog. A source speaking to this correspondent tells that the woman accusing Cane and Mala has been giving the owner family of these dogs problems since the day they moved in.
According to the source, the owner of the Chihuahua claimed that the dogs attacked her pet on June 24 when there was a party in the house of the boxers and Cane and Mala were inside with the family. At first, the owner of the bitten dog accused only Cane of getting loose and attacking Benny Blue Eyes; but after learning that the affected family had a witness against the allegation, she changed her “story” to include both dogs as attackers.
The rest of the disaster service was taken over by the animal control that seized the dogs without any paperwork and denied the request of the concerned vet for putting the dogs in quarantine, seemingly because the vet knew that both dogs were harmless. Cane and Mala are said to have no history of any type of aggression. Yet, without any evidence, the court hearing the case of the dogs declared the dogs vicious based only on the allegations of the owner of Benny Blue Eyes.
While the accused dogs were going to be executed, the owner family, lacking money to hire an attorney, searched desperately for help. One of them found The Lexus Project and calls it a miracle that the nonprofit intervened and got a stay of execution from the court just days before the dogs would be put down. It was not an easy case for The Lexus Project as they failed to find an attorney to work pro bono, like most attorneys working with the organization do, for Cane and Mala. Consequently, they had to spend nearly all their basic fund on paying an attorney in the area of incident to save the lives of the dogs. To make sure they keep up their fight for the dogs, the non-profit has set a chip-in at http://faithinmichigan.chipin.com/save-cane-and-mala for donations to fight the case ahead.
As they await scheduling of the next hearing for this case, Cane and Mala have been kept in separate cages inside the animal shelter. The owner was not allowed to see the dogs at the shelter and the dogs have been imprisoned with no human contact allowed, including family members. Not only the dogs but those fighting for them are stressed, still hoping for justice and sense to prevail over false accusations and lack of regard for actual evidence.
Updates about Cane and Mala are being posted at their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Cane-and-Mala/520787801271923