On July 13th, 2011, Judge Jack Vitale of the Monroe County, Michigan ordered 3 pit bulls to be euthanized, siting they "lack usefull purpose and pose a threat to public safety" The Prosecution's expert, Dr. Katherine Houpt, gave testimony based on her temperment evaluations of the dogs. The Buster Foundation & Monroe SPCA do not feel Dr. Houpt's testimony was representative of the evaluations themselves.
View this 4 minute video (1 of 3 temperment tests) in which Dr. Houpt gives Dusty an evaluation
Dog 206 in cage 33 brown female with white markings Dusty
Wiggled at approach, stare and squat. Bit hand when petted and when eating.
Snarled at doll
jumped but no aggression to male or female dogs
The results of the testing indicates that the following animals: the two males Monroe 207 Reilly 212 that both demonstrated aggression to other dogs and one female Dusty 206 who snarled at the doll should be humanely euthanized because of their lack of any useful purpose and the public safety threat they pose." MCL 750.49(18) aggressive whereas Dog 210 Razzle --- may be safe
Katherine Albro Houpt VMD PhD
Dr. Houpt failed Dusty for aggressive behavior. Our expert evaluators are in complete disagreement with Dr. Houpt's evaluation. This video was the exact video shown in court. View and decide for yourself.
Dusty, Monroe and Reilly remain at Monroe County Animal Control and Both The Buster Foundation & Monroe SPCA will file an appeal and, with your support, hope Dr. Houpt will recant her testimony.
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- Katherine Houpt, VMD PhD
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Katherine Houpt.
I urge you to recant your testimony against Monroe, Rielly and Dusty. I believe your assessment to be bias and evaluations to be unsupported.
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