Save Dog from Unfair Euthanasia Law


Target: Judge Andrew Owens

Goal: Protest an unfair law that forces all dog bite cases to end in euthanasia.

In two weeks, a dog may be sentenced to death for biting a boy in self-defense. The “Damage by Dogs” law states that if a dog bites a person, even in self-defense, the dog must be euthanized. Support a new bill which will end this black-and-white law and convince Judge Owens to rule against euthanasia and save an innocent dog’s life.

Dr. Paul Gartenberg, Padi’s owner and veterinarian, obtained Padi through a rescue society after the dog was found tied to a tree with a chain. The chain was so tight that it had to be surgically removed from his neck. Despite this abuse, Padi is an affectionate and friendly dog. However, when a four-year-old boy came into the office and lunged at him, Padi fought back. It was clear that Padi had acted in in self-defense. However, per the “Damage by Dogs” law, Padi must be euthanized.

The “Damage by Dogs” law does not take intent into consideration. Instead, it assumes that all dog-bite cases are dealing with an out-of-control dog that must be put down. This includes self-defense and defense of the owner. It is not fair that a dog should have to die for protecting itself or its owner.

Rep. Greg Steube has proposed a bill that will modify the language of the “Damage by Dogs” law and protect innocent dogs from euthanasia. He hopes that it will be signed into law next year. In the meantime, Padi awaits his fate. Sign this petition and encourage Judge Andrew Owens to pardon Padi and save his life.


Dear Judge Owens,

Padi is a sweet rescue dog with a big heart. His attack on four-year-old Cooper was done in self-defense when the boy lunged at him without warning. We ask that you take Padi’s nonviolent history into consideration when making your ruling and recognize the faults in the “Damage by Dogs” law.

Rep. Greg Streube is working on passing a bill that will change the language of the “Damage by Dogs” law. If he succeeds, no other dog will ever have to die for defending itself or its owner. However, if you rule for Padi to be euthanized, he will not see the passing of this law.

We demand that you reexamine the “Damage by Dogs” law in relation to Padi’s case and make Padi the first dog to be saved by Bill HB91.


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  1. emma bloebaum says:

    similar case recently settlef in Austin TX. Dog haz been spared due to a similar situation. Child is a child..he hsd not been taught how to behave around a dog. Pardnts need to exercise more common sense about their childrens safety. A judge can act using the spirit of the law anx recognize extenuating circjmstances.

  2. Padi does NOT deserve to die — take into consideration all of the facts, the circumstances, along with his history — your Damage by Dogs law MUST be amended — it’s irrational and lacks compassion — keep in mind that Padi has a loving and caring support group — give him that second chance at life which he so deserves.

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