Bull Condemned to Death Stolen
Dog Had a History of Attacks, Officials Say
Monday, Oct. 23, 2000
By Frances Ann Burns
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (APBnews.com) -- Kane, a pit bull with a long history of attacks, remained a fugitive from death row today.
The dog was snatched Saturday from the Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter, said Tahira S. Thomas, administrator of the animal control section. She added that whoever broke in was "clearly looking for Kane."
"They went inside, and they cut into four of the six pens to find out where Kane was," Thomas said.
Kane belongs to David Neal of Millersville,
a formerly rural suburb between Annapolis and Baltimore. Neal's other pit
Both dogs bit a 14-year-old friend of Neal's daughter when she stopped by the house in August, Thomas said.
Neighbors sign petitions
Kane, who had a history of three earlier unprovoked attacks, was impounded and held in the animal shelter while Neal appealed an order for the dog's destruction.
Authorities had given Isis, a first-time offender, a second chance, but ordered close confinement.
Neal maintained that his dogs were not aggressive, but authorities had received petitions signed by 65 of his neighbors describing the dogs as "a nuisance and a threat," Thomas said.
She also said that Neal appears unwilling to comply with any orders about his dogs.
"Maybe they are not a threat with him, but they are really not friendly with strangers," Thomas said.
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