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Lucas County Dog Warden: Remove the dangerous designation from Duke, drop the charge against Carissa
  • Petitioned Julie Lyle

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Lucas County Dog Warden
Julie Lyle

Lucas County Dog Warden: Remove the dangerous designation from Duke, drop the charge against Carissa

    1. Stella Lengyel
    2. Petition by

      Stella Lengyel

      New Ellenton, SC

Duke is not a dangerous dog. He is an extremely loving, sweet dog who has never been in trouble before, and Carissa did not fail to confine him on the day in question.

This is a case of an insane injustice being placed on both of them ~ they are innocent. Yet somehow the roles of the justice system have been completely turned upside down: The suspected criminal gets away with no punishment or investigation whatsoever, and this innocent family is left to suffer due to the negligence of the authorities.

Here's a brief recap of the incident: Carissa Curry left for work at about 9am. Duke was inside the house, with the doors and windows all closed. She shut and locked the gates to her fence after pulling out of the driveway (a witness saw this happen). About 11:30, a man (with two past theft-related charges) was bitten (no serious injury caused). A neighbor saw this same man in Carissa's yard prior to the bite. At first the man claimed Duke pushed through the gates and attacked him, yet Carissa proved that this was impossible due to the locks on her gate. Then his story changed. He now claims that the gates were already open (mind you, Duke was inside the house).

Duke was taken by the Lucas County Dog Warden and held for a 10-day quarantine. Carissa called to 911 to report an attempted break-in because the only way her dog could have possibility gotten out of the house was if someone had opened her door to let him out. The police talked to both witnesses and said they would investigate the suspected break-in attempt; however, they didn't even file a police report on it.

Duke did his job and protected his home and his family. That does not make him a dangerous dog ~ in fact, that makes him a hero! He should be rewarded, not punished. If this label is not removed, Duke's quality of life will be drastically effected. The "dangerous dog" label has set guidelines that, if enforced, will take all the happiness out of his life. The financial burden on Carissa is also insane: This single mom struggling to make ends meet will have to pay for very expensive dog insurance and special yearly licensing, as well as meet housing requirements for Duke and pay for the terribly expensive legal fees that go along with fighting this.

Even worse, if this label is not removed, Duke may be forced away from the only true owner he has ever had. Carissa will lose her companion of 4 years, and her young son will lose his buddy that has been around since the day he was born ~ all because Carissa financially can't afford to follow the very strict guidelines. She shouldn't be forced to follow them in the first place.

The charge against Carissa is failure to confine a dangerous dog, which is a 4th-degree misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail. To think that she could be pulled away from her young son for a month for something she is not guilty of is outrageous! Having a misdemeanor on her record could also affect her career in health care.

This young woman and this amazing brave dog are not criminals. They did nothing wrong. Yet that is exactly how they are being treated. We need to bring justice back to our "justice system." Wouldn't you want your dog to protect your house?

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 20,000 signatures

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

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      And as always, thank you so much to all of our supporters! Each one of you is helping make a huge difference in Duke's life!

    3. Reached 15,000 signatures

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

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    5. Reached 12,500 signatures
    6. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

      I never thought we would have so many supporters, you all have touched our hearts very deeply! We cant thank you enough but please know that we truly appreciate each an everyone of you! Because this petition has grown so rapidly (and I hope it doesn't slow down anytime soon) I think that it is necessary to increase our goal number for signatures , I fear that the site will shut down this site once the goal is meant. I would really hate for someone that wants to sign to be turned away because I didn't set the goal correctly. I just wanted to make you all aware in case you notice the goal number jump. THANKS AGAIN!!!

    7. Reached 8,000 signatures

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you Dog Heirs for the amazing article on Duke and Carissa!
      You can view the article at www.dogheirs.com/dogheirs/posts/1982-single-mom-asks-public-for-support-after-dog-bites-alleged-home-intruder

      Single mom asks public for support after dog bites alleged home intruder " DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family " Keywords: Toledo, Ohio, American Bulldog

      Carissa Curry says her loyal dog Duke is being unfairly labelled as a "dangerous dog" for defending their home from an intruder If an intruder broke into your house while you were away, would you hope that your dog would defend your home?

    9. GOT AN ATTORNEY :-)

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

      Meeting with the attorney on Oct 17. Thank you all SO MUCH! Without all your help I never would have been able to make it this far, you have all touched my heart very deeply. Thank you again!


      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

      As reported when this law was passed, "In addition to dropping any reference to a specific breed of dog from the law, House Bill 14 would redefine current designations of "vicious" and "dangerous" dog, create a third lesser category of "nuisance" dog, create a process for dog owners to appeal law enforcement's labeling of their dogs, and place the burden to prove the classification by clear and convincing evidence on the dog warden."

      Yet when the Lucas County Dog Warden recently wrongfully declared Duke the dog to be "dangerous", a magistrate who heard the appeal screwed up completely, putting the burden of proof on the dog's OWNER instead of the WARDEN. Epic fail!

      View the article written by the Toledo Blade.

      House axes 25-year-old 'pit bull' law

      COLUMBUS -- A bill eliminating a 25-year-old Ohio law automatically declaring the "pit bull" to be an inherently vicious dog was overwhelmingly approved by the state House Wednesday and is headed for Gov. John Kasich's signature.

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

      We are just shy of 1900 supporters please help continue to get the word out, if you are a dog owner this could easily happen to you. Your support will hopefully help us lessen that likelihood.

    13. WAYS TO HELP

      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters have asked what they can do to help Carissa during this tough time. To help ease the burden of the legal expenses quickly piling up, the Support Duke team has created a donation account at GoFundMe. We have also partnered with Amanda Krieger, an Avon sales representative, for a fundraiser where 50% of the proceeds go straight into the Support Duke legal fund. ** Make sure to enter DUKE2012 during check out! FREE SHIPPING on orders $30 or more

      You can find the links to both sites below:
      http://amandakrieger.avonrepresentative.com/ (Enter DUKE2012 at check out)

      Click here to support Support Duke by Carissa Curry

      My dog and I are facing huge legal issues because Duke bit a man that was trying to break into my house. Duke has been labeled as a "dangerous dog" and I'm facing a 4th degree misdemeanor. We did NOTHING wrong! We need help with legal expenses to fight this.


      Stella Lengyel
      Petition Organizer
      Toledo woman facing charges after dog bit alleged intruder

      Toledo woman facing charges after dog bit alleged intruder TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Toledo woman is facing charges for failing to restraint her dog after authorities say her guard dog bit a man. Carissa Curry received a note from the Lucas County dog warden that her boxer-pit bill mix, Duke had bit someone.

    15. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Walter Compton HOWELL, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      this man had no right being on her property in the first place for any reason!

    • Erika Kotsiakos AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Declare the intruder as a dangerous individual. The dog is a hero.

    • Rohit jalan JAIPUR, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      i <3 Dogs

    • Patricia Welch LEHIGH VALLEY, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      A dog protecting its home is a natural response to an intruder. I hope there's a miserable place in Hell for this dirtbag who breaks into Duke's home and then blames Duke for his comeuppance.

    • Jean Howard TOLEDO, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      The dog was in the house. The man was an intruder. Makes no sense whatsoever for the city to do this. What the h---?????


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