The city of Dyersburg, Tennessee is gaining national attention after making a brash and merciless decision to sentence a dog to death. The two-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever and White German Shepard mix named Beau was caught by animal control officials after he killed a neighbor’s duck, which wandered onto his own property. Though Beau has no previous history of aggression, the city seems to be taking unnecessarily cruel measures to reprimand the pup for an isolated incident. Beau’s owner, Danny Higgins, is now fighting back with the rest of the country to circumvent his dog’s heart-wrenching fate by petitioning Dyersburg to free poor Beau before he is euthanized on November 20, 2014. The petition on Change.org has gained over 300,000 signatures, but over 180,000 are still needed.
The incident occurred on September 19, 2014, and since then Beau’s owner has been appealing the court’s decision to euthanize his dog, which has been deemed a “vicious” animal. When Danny couldn’t afford “vicious dog insurance” and fees associated with the citation, the Court determined that Beau should be euthanized. A team of pro bono attorneys representing Beauhave filed a notice of appeal and an appeal to the Circuit Court of Dyer County. And though Danny won’t accrue any lawyer’s fees, he is still being subjected to court filing fees, dog shelter boarding fees, and additional court costs.
Beau’s Facebook support page has reached over 25,000 likes since joining on October 15, 2014. According to the Humane Society, an average of 2.7 million animals are euthanized in American shelters each year, and although that estimate is lower than previous years, it is still a chilling statistic.