A source close to the Mellie’s family told the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs that Mellie ran out on September 10 and playfully danced around a young man Tyler Rhinehart – a neighbor – who was walking outside in front of the house. This way of saying hello by the happy dog brought her trouble when the neighbor reported it to the police as something threatening. Later that evening, as the source tells, police visited Mellie’s owner and gave her a Vicious Dog Citation, making her appear before a court to decide whether her dog is dangerous.
The police officers visiting the owner’s house are said to have handed the citation for dangerous dog to the owner without taking a look at Mellie and without being able to explain what a vicious dog citatioin means. The owner had to call the Benton County courthouse to learn about the citation. On October 17, as the source tells, the owner had a hearing at the court and pleaded not guilty. The trial in this case has been scheduled to start on 5th December.
Meanwhile, Mellie remains at home with the owner while the neighbor who called the police about Mellie has visited the owner’s house on a couple of occasions after the incident.
“Wouldn’t you want to avoid a vicious dog by staying off my property?” said the dog’s owner when contacted for a comment. She confirmed that Mellie has not been evaluated by any sort of expert.