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.