LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- He's only a few inches tall, but a miniature dachshund named Spork is at the middle of a debate over vicious dogs. It’s even earned him his own fan page on Facebook where as of Tuesday afternoon he had 2,900 friends.
Go here for the "Save Spork" Facebook page.
"He's family," said Kelly Walker, who has had Spork since he was a puppy.
Kelly and her husband Tim are fighting a ticket they received charging them with owning a vicious dog.
“Once we were holding that ticket we felt it was a death sentence for our pet so we vowed to fight it as hard as we could,” said Tim.
In August, the Walker’s said Spork bit a veterinary technician during an exam at Jasper Animal Hospital in Lafayette. As a result of the attack, the Walkers said both the vet tech who was bitten and the veterinarian of the animal hospital filed reports with animal control.
It seems that if you're working as a veterinarian or a vet tech, that dog bites would go with the territory. Heck, If I ever try to extract a stool sample from you without permission, I should expect some resistance, right?
If the Walkers are found guilty of owning a vicious dog Spork could be euthanized or kenneled.
"I went to that vet thinking they were trained to take care of my dog properly,” said Kelly.
According to state law in Colorado, a dog owner is not liable for a dog bite if the person bitten is a vet, groomer or anyone who works closely with animals.
But city of Lafayette is asserting home-rule exception, which means they do not have to follow state law.
Lord have mercy, of all the things to assert home-rule exception over. Customers of the Jasper Animal Hospital in Lafayette will soon assert their own home-rule exception. They're going to go elsewhere.
“This speaks to the people of Lafayette,” said Jennifer Edwards, of The Animal Law Center. “Be warned about going to vet care centers or groomers because if your dog bites, it could face euthanasia.”
A fresh coat of Whitening (with a Bookstop Gift Certificate) to Tim Lebsack of the Dallas County Libertarian Party for sending me this one.