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Rolo’s Reprieve

A while back, I wrote about the the case of a dog named Rolo. Last week, he avoided a death sentence at his hearing. He was found guilty of running at large and being a dangerous dog, but a day later the judge did not feel that he is a clear and present danger to the community and did not uphold the euthanasia order. So after 6 months, 2 weeks and 5 days, Rolo got out of doggie jail. There are many conditions his owner must meet in the coming weeks and years, but it’s better than death.

The trainer we did our initial obedience with with, Ted Terroux, testified at the hearing and will oversee Rolo’s training in the coming months to solve the issues that led to the incident. Reports say he’s already showing good progress.

Getting off doggie death row led to an appearance on the Today Show.

I guess there were even comparisons to other media-circus trials, including a sign that said something like “If you can’t prove he bit, you must acquit.”

How funny is that?

Yet, it seems like it has been a huge ordeal for everyone involved.

Here’s hoping Rolo spends the rest of his years as a GOOD boy! And, here’s wishing that none of us face such a terrible situation either with our own dogs or with someone else’s dog.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.