A 45-year-old resident of Patric Drive in Palm Coast was attacked and seriously injured on her lip and belly by a pit bull, which then attacked and injured Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Schmidt as Schmidt was investigating the incident the following day.
A circuit judge ruled that Palm Coast animal control was right to condemn Cooper, a dangerous dog, to death, and the Palm Coast City Council was right to stay out of it. The dog will soon be killed.
Chopper, a 2-year-old, 59-lb. pit bull mauled the girl on Powder Horn Drive in Palm Coast and three days later was surrendered to the city’s animal control division.
A circuit judge gave supporters of Cooper, the dangerous dog condemned to death, little hope today after a one-hour hearing in an appeal designed to commute the dog’s death sentence.
The presentation was a more formal way of assuring the council that it had immunity in dangerous-dog decisions–as long as it remained on the sidelines.
John Iles, a 76-year-old Palm Coast resident who delivers for Napoli Pizza, ended up at Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach after being attacked in the face by a pit bull boxer mix at one of his delivery destinations.
The owner of Cooper the dog wants a judge to overrule a Palm Coast hearing officer’s death sentence so the dog can be exiled to a refuge for dangerous dogs on Florida’s west coast.
Palm Coast’s administration is is making its decision to kill Cooper the dog synonymous with the council’s preference. But it isn’t.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office filed the charge that Palm Coast Animal Control asked for, citing owner Dottye Benton’s pattern of neglect and dissimulation.
The incident took place last week when Cooper the dog escaped its kennel and bit a Flagler Humane Society staffer before the dog’s owner took control–and asked the staffer not to say anything.