It’s a decision that’s not worthy of King Solomon. A dog is in animal control and the person who claims to be the owner want her dead. The head of the rescue says that she has paperwork, veterinarian records and photos to prove that she is the owner of the dog that she rescued from a puppy mill. Bella, a four-year-old mix, was surrendered to animal control during the first few hours that the woman, who had applied to adopt Bella, had her.
The potential adopter, who claimed to animal control that she was the “owner,” is insisting that the dog be killed. She claims that the dog bit her adult son, but is apparently not providing proof of the bite. She also does not appear to be concerned that Bella be quarantined for rabies observation.
Strangely (and suspiciously), she did not call the rescue to tell them about the incident and return him. She only had Bella for less than one day. On January 10, she took Bella to Burke County Animal Control with a demand that Bella be killed. Candy Bowman, the head of the rescue organization and Bella’s owner, says that Bella had not been officially adopted. The woman did not own Bella but rather was keeping her on what was to be a trial period before adoption. No paperwork was signed, and the home inspection was to be the next day.
After happily living with a foster family, Bella left for a chance at a new home, and now her life is at stake. Bowman had called the woman several times to check on how Bella was doing in the home. According to Bowman, the woman said everything was great until the woman stopped taking Bowman’s calls. Bowman realized something was wrong and saw on Facebook that the woman posted she had taken Bella to a farm. Of course, when you adopt a dog (which this woman had not), usually you are not allowed to rehome the dog. If you cannot keep the dog, the dog goes back to the rescue.
Bowman says that for three years Bella never showed any signs of aggression. In fact, her picture is with a child. After making many phone calls, Bowman finally realized that Bella had been taken to animal control. Bella was scheduled to be killed this week, and animal control says they won’t return Bella to Bowman because the woman claimed that Bella was hers. Bowman says that no one at the Burke County Animal Control will even look at the paperwork showing that Bella belongs to her.
There is a petition to save Bella at this link. The Burke County sheriff says that there will be an investigation before Bella is killed. There is more information as reported by the News Herald in Morganton, NC.
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