GHN — Two pet pit bulls of a family have been declared dangerous by a municipal court judge in Fort Worth, Texas, without a shred of evidence of any harm done to anybody or anything. The owner of the dogs fears the pets may be victimized solely on the basis that a neighbor thinks the pets can do harm.
According to the owner family of the dogs, the two pit bulls – named Lilo and Stich (5 and 2 years of age respectively) – accidentally went loose on August 12 and entered the neighbor’s property, and supposedly charged at her and her dogs present there, but never even touched the neighbor or her dogs. Lilo and Stitch, according to the owner, left the neighbor’s backyard without doing any harm. As the animal control rrived, following a call by the neighbor, the animal control officer told the owner of the pit bulls, Mrs. Soluri, that she wouldn’t write a ticket for their dog Lilo (who was outside when the animal control officer arrived) being dangerous because they she wasn’t. Mrs. Soluri only received a ticket for the dog being loose outside.
Things remained quiet for the Soluri family until September 22,when two animal control officers arrived to seize Lilo and Stich in lieu of a dangerous dog hearing on September 27th at the Fort Worth Municipal Court. The owner family tells that at the hearing, the neighbor falsely claimed about the dogs getting loose and entering their property on two previous occasions, though she had no evidence or even dates when the alleged incidents happened. However, the judge, Ms. Benita Falls Harper, ruled the dogs dangerous without requiring any proof or evidence. At the same time, the judge ignored the testimony of two animal control officers both who testified that the dogs didn’t attack anyone and have been perfect with them since they seized them. The court even didn’t give the owner the right to appeal the ruling.
The owner family says that they are not being allowed to see their pets and although the dogs have not been ordered to euthanasia yet, they reportedly fell sick at the animal control; but the owners were not allowed to see them even at the vet. They say that when they took the petition in support of the dogs with more than 1200 signatures to a city council meeting, the officials wouldn’t even look at the petition; instead blamed the Texas State Legislature and expressing helplessness before it.
Answering a question why the neighbor would possibly want to hurt the dogs, the owner family told that the neighbor appeared to harbor hatred for them due to Mrs. Soluri being a Muslim. They say that the neighbor has been trying to create problems for them off and on since 2008. Details of this story have also been posted on the owner family’s website http://saveliloandstitch.com/, created in support of Lilo and Stitch.
Currently, The Lexus Project is now filing papers for the release of Lilo and Stitch.
For updates on this case, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SaveLiloStitch.