Chatham County bans pet bulldog for life

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SAVANNAH — Oreo, a 60-pound pet bulldog that allegedly bit a neighbor’s child, was banned from Chatham County for the rest of his life under an agreement filed Wednesday.

A Chatham County Superior Court judge approved the consent agreement, which also calls for Oreo’s new owner, The Lexus Project Inc., to have the dog neutered by a local veterinary clinic and placed with a rescue agency and/or animal shelter outside Chatham County.

In return, Chatham officials will drop any proceedings concerning the dog and not label him in a way that would prevent a new owner from adopting him in the future. They also agreed not to put Oreo at risk of euthanasia and waived the boarding fees for the dog from Jan. 29 until he is neutered and placed outside the county.

In addition, both sides agreed that Oreo “was not harmed and has been well-cared for in the custody of Savannah-Chatham Animal Control.”

The Lexus Project, a nonprofit national group that saves dangerous dogs, had sued the Savannah-Chatham Animal Control and two of its officers, contending the department illegally removed the dog.

Oreo, described in court documents as a “full-blooded American bull dog,” allegedly bit a 6-year-old girl on Jan. 29. The victim apparently was in the dog’s fenced back yard at 4 Hopeton Court and was playing with his dog food in front of him, according to court documents.

The dog’s owners, Patricia and Michael Wooten, have since given the animal to The Lexus Project Inc. under a trust agreement.

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David Parker
David Parker 02/24/12 - 10:37 am
Finally glad to see one of

Finally glad to see one of these stories going in a different direction. Typically, the dog's head is sent to a lab to check for rabies and there ya go. Hope the little girl is doing better for sure.

smartypants01 02/24/12 - 11:10 am
Pretty sure the article says

Pretty sure the article says American bulldog, not pit bull.

burninater 02/24/12 - 11:14 am
Besides the fact that

Besides the fact that bulldogs and pit bulls are entirely different breeds, it wouldn't surprise me to hear of a golden retriever biting someone that was playing with its food -- especially someone it isn't familiar with. ALL breeds are only as well-behaved as the have been trained, and even then there are certain situations -- such as those involving food -- where their instincts under stress comes to the foreground.

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