Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dangerous Pit Bull to Be Euthanized Jake's 2 Cohorts May Be Put Down as Well

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dangerous Pit Bull to Be Euthanized Jake's 2 Cohorts May Be Put Down as Well

Article excerpt

Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- It appears to be unanimous: Jake should die. And perhaps his two companions, as well.

Clay County commissioners said Tuesday that Jake, the leader of a trio of pit bulls that terrorized a neighborhood near Orange Park nine days ago and sent three people to the hospital with dog bite injuries, is a public menace and should be killed.

They unanimously directed county administrators to take whatever legal steps are necessary to have Jake, and possibly his two smaller companion canines, euthanized.

"I've had several phone calls from people asking why they haven't [already] been euthanized," said Commissioner Larry Lancaster.

Commission Chairman Glenn Lassiter said that if the dogs' owner does not come forward to accept responsibility for the dogs' behavior, "all three will be put down [euthanized]."

Whether the two smaller dogs should die will be determined later. But the county's animal control chief, Connie Goon, said she's absolutely convinced that Jake should pay with his life.

"My intent is to euthanize Jake," Goon told commissioners during a verbal report of the incident on Ridgefield Court in the Foxridge neighborhood around 11 a.m. July 19. "He is a dangerous animal."

Also appearing at the meeting were Anna Gordon and Shannon Clark, the two animal control officers who went to the Foxridge neighborhood the day of the incident and removed the dogs from their owner's residence and took them to the county pound.

"Jake . . . has never been socialized," said Gordon. "He doesn't get out very often, but when he does get out he bites everything."

The way the dogs behaved July 19, and in a similar incident that occurred almost two years ago, was strange, Goon said. It was almost as though Jake was the two younger dogs' mentor, teaching them how to be vicious. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.