Austin resident will appeal for dog’s life

Published 6:50 pm Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Austin City Council will hear Austin resident David Davenport’s appeal Monday to a June declaration that his dog is dangerous and should be euthanized.

Davenport asked in a June 29 letter to the city that the designation of “dangerous dog” be lifted and replaced with “potentially dangerous dog” following his dog’s killing of another dog at the Austin dog park. He cited the animal’s previously clean record of not barking or fighting with other dogs, and said he regretted that the other dog was killed and that what happened was an accident.

At about 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, officers went to the dog park where a 19-year-old Austin girl said the pit bull somehow got into the section for small dogs, violently shook her Chihuahua and killed it.

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Davenport, 42, left the dog park that day, but he did report the attack at about 6 a.m. the following day. He allegedly told officers he left because he thought the Chihuahua was only injured, and he saw no blood. It was unclear at the time how the pit bull got into the fenced area for small dogs.

Police deemed the dog dangerous from its aggressive behavior and the attack on the other dog. If the status is upheld after a public hearing at Monday’s meeting, the dog will be euthanized.