Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won’t be put to death

In this undated photo provided by Lindsy Bray, Bray is shown with her Australian Shepherd named Dexter. A deal has been reached that will spare the life of Dexter, ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that generated criticism from the Humane Society of Utah | Photo courtesy of Lindsy Bray via AP, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A deal has been reached that will spare the life of a dog ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that generated criticism from the Humane Society of Utah.

Lindsy Bray, the owner of the Australian Shepherd named Dexter, agreed Thursday to pay a $145 fine for dog-at-large and dog licensing violations. A judge had imposed the original death sentence for the dog.

In return for Bray’s payment, officials in the small city of Santaquin dropped the dog-attack charge filed after Dexter escaped a fenced yard in October 2016 and nipped a girl. Though the bite broke no skin, city regulations state that any animal that has bitten, clawed, chased or harassed a person must be put down within five days.

The Humane Society joined Bray in criticizing the penalty imposed on Dexter, saying it was the 5-year-old dog’s first offense and that the rule is so broad that a dog jogging with its owner could be considered vicious if it was following the owner.

The Santaquin City Council rejected a proposal for the rules to be revised but critics hope the council will reconsider next year, Humane Society of Utah president Craig Cook said Friday.

Bray was relieved with the deal to save Dexter’s life, saying “right before Christmas is a good time to have this off my shoulders.”

Dexter is currently recovering from the effects of the apparent ingestion of rat poison last month. The Humane Society offered a $5,000 reward for information about how he was poisoned.

An investigation has turned up no evidence that Dexter was intentionally poisoned, said Santaquin Police Corporal Mike Wall.

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press.

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2 Comments

  • desertgirl December 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Wow, talk about animal haters; onerous and simply ridiculous regulations. Way past time for many states and communities to stop viewing animals as something to kill for minor offenses and allow abuse by psycho humans.

  • PlanetU December 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Thank You Humane Society of Utah. Looking to find more on this story. Hope you’re all well Dexter.

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