Second dangerous dog hearing for pit bull

Posted at 6:55 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 08:09:55-05

A dangerous dog hearing for a pit bull from the Town of Sardinia has been adjourned until January 5th.

"Lady" the dog will be evaluated by a behaviorist before a judge makes a decision.

“She’s the most notorious dog in this point in time,” Attorney Matthew Albert says of 70-pound pit bull.

In 2014, Lady was the focus of a dangerous dog hearing after being shot in the head by an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy, who claimed they felt the dog was going to attack him.

Now Lady is making headlines again. The pit bull’s fate is now in the court’s hands as she and her owner face the January 5th hearing.

According to a report from the Erie County Sheriff's Office obtained by 7 Eyewitness News, deputies responded to an animal bite complaint in front of Dawn Sager’s Sardinia home on December 13.

“There was a pit bull dog that was towering over my little dog,” Sager told 7 Eyewitness News by phone.

Sager says she’s confident that the dog standing over her dog was in fact Lady. Her dog, Jasper, sustained injuries that proved to be deadly.

Jasper’s owner says her dog was bloody, with deep puncture wounds and the Maltese had a nearly 4-inch tear around its colon.

Jasper was ultimately put to sleep.

This attack happened just one week after Lady’s prior “dangerous dog” designation was overturned, and the attorney representing her owner says the 2014 ruling should not have any impact on the second case.

“They really, I don’t think, are even related,” Albert said. “Everyone is afforded due process and so should Lady in this instance.”

Sager says she thinks Lady is dangerous and should not be given back to her owners, who she blames for letting the pit bull get loose in the first place.




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