Woman pleads guilty to ownership of dangerous dog; pit bull euthanized
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Jodi Welch’s pit bull was put down after she pleaded guilty to ownership of a dangerous dog Thursday, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts records.The Rifle woman’s dog, named Capone, was about 1 1/2 years old. Proof of the euthanization was filed Tuesday.Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Deputy Tanny McGinnis said that over the course of multiple contacts for dog at large and having no license, animal control tried to work with the owner and offered to pay to have the dog neutered in an attempt to “mellow out” the dog. She said that a trainer at the CARE shelter also volunteered to try to help the dog for free, but that Welch declined.”The animal control officer made every effort to help this family keep this pet in a safe environment,” McGinnis said.Welch received a six-month deferred judgment and sentence with an added condition that Capone must be put down.CARE kennel manager Tracey Yajko said that CARE held the dog for the Sheriff’s Office and the owner. She said CARE assessed the dog as a favor and that the family who owned him never called to follow up. The dog was deemed unadoptable.”He looked like a dog that had never left the back yard,” she said, adding that he was “undersocialized.”Pit bulls are controversial locally and elsewhere. They are thought to figure in a disproportionate number of attacks and biting incidents. People in Denver have been arguing about a pit bull ban in the city. The Denver Post reported a recent lawsuit challenging the ban claims that around 1,100 pit bulls have been killed under the law in about two years.”Breed-specific legislation is really scary to me because I see all kinds of breeds with all kinds of issues,” Yajko said.There is no pit bull ban in Garfield County, McGinnis said.Animal Control Deputy Aimee Chappelle did not return a phone message Tuesday.”(Chappelle) gave them every opportunity to do right by this animal,” Yajko said.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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