(The 3-minute video at that link gives more detail, including several seconds speech from Linda Hart, one of the dog experts who testified about the breed ID mistake made by Denver’s “experts.” The dog in the case is also shown for several seconds.)
Dog owner challenges Denver’s pit bull evaluation and wins
By Julie Hayden KDVR Denver
October 9, 2009
[…] The city uses three experts to evaluate the dogs and determine whether they are predominantly pit bull.[…]
The hearing officer ruled the dog owner’s experts were right, and the City’s experts were wrong.[…]
Full article retrieved 10/10/09 from http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-pitbull-100909,0,5301116.story
The video (at the link below) has a little more detail. Note that DNA evidence is not admissable in all jurisdictions that have BSL.
Dog’s DNA saves its life
Last Update: 9/01/2009 6:21 pm
SALINA, Kansas – What happens when you have a dog but nobody seems to know its breed and that dog resembles a pit bull in a city where pit bulls are illegal? […] “It is just our procedure, if it’s a pit bull or looks just like a pit bull, if noone’s claimed it, then they are euthanized,” said Rose Base, Salina Animal Shelter coordinator.
[…] “Everyone was wrong including me,” Cartwright said. “She wasn’t just lab and pit bull. She wasn’t even a Lab. She was like a Heinz 57.”
[…] “I wonder how many dogs passed away because the owners did not know about DNA,” Cartwright said.[…]
Full article retrieved 9/2/09 from http://www.ksn.com/news/local/story/Dogs-DNA-saves-its-life/cwLXohaiok6FK4UW9STZFQ.cspx
Posted in Breed Identification, Kansas, Results of BSL
Tagged animal control, ban, breed id, Breed Identification, dna testing, genetic testing, mixed breed, mongrel, pit bull, veterinarian