- Lewis County Board of CommissionersLegislative Authority
- Edna FundDistrict 1 Commissioner
- Gary StamperDistrict 3 Commissioner
- Bobby JacksonDistrict 2 Commissioner
Save our dog from euthanasia and let him come home
We adopted Hank on January 17, 2017. On May 7, 2017, detectives from the Sheriff's Department came and snatched him away without an explanation. It took a lot of tenacity and investigating to even find out what Hank had been accused of to warrant them snatching him away. I created a website to tell his story -- it's complicated. https://helpsavehank.com/home
When Judge Buzzard handed down his decision in Lewis County District Court on June 19, it was heartbreaking that he didn’t consider any of the new evidence or the newly approved Ordinance 1275. Ordinance 1275 was approved simultaneously as Hank's hearing so the judge would have it and could rule in Hank's favor. It was even brought into the middle of Hank's hearing and handed to the judge.
New evidence was a video that was shown and narrated by the owner of the goats (who had every right NOT to testify on Hank's behalf) showing that Hank was not aggressive towards the goat, and there was also a signed declaration by a witness to the incident that Hank did not kill the goats nor hurt the pony.
Judge Buzzard said he didn’t believe the new evidence, and the only reason Hank hadn’t hurt or killed another animal was because he was locked up at the animal shelter. Judge Buzzard completed dismissed the months Hank spent with us, when Hank demonstrated only a sweet, kind, and loving disposition -- a dog who only wanted to get in your lap and lick your face.
Hank is not a dangerous animal; he has never showed any aggression -- not even one time to any animal or person. But Hank sits cooped up in the Lewis County Animal Shelter away from the family who loves and cares for him.
Judge Buzzard ordered Hank euthanized by Wednesday, June 21,but that didn't happen, and Hank has been granted a second stay until August 31 by Judge Lawler of Superior Court.
Because all the Superior Court judges have recused themselves (citing fairness issues) in deciding whether Judge Buzzard's ruling should be reversed, we will go before Judge Edwards in Grays Harbor on August 24. He will hear the appeal at 1:30 p.m. We are confident our appeal will prevail, Judge Buzzard's ruling will be reversed, and Hank will be set free and be allowed to finally come home.
- Legislative Authority
Lewis County Board of Commissioners
- District 1 Commissioner
- District 3 Commissioner
- District 2 Commissioner
Please save Hank from being euthanized. When Judge Buzzard handed down his ruling in District Court on June 19, it was heartbreaking that he didn’t consider Ordinance 1275, which you, the Board of Commissioners, had just approved and brought into him during the middle of Hank's hearing. No other dog fit the criteria for Ordinance 1275 except Hank.
Judge Buzzard dismissed the video narrated by the owner of the goats, who stated that the video clearly showed Hank did not kill the goats nor hurt the pony. Judge Buzzard’s false assumption that another video would show Hank in unfavorable light wasn’t his job and it shouldn’t have been even considered in his ruling anyway. His job was to make a fair and just decision for Hank based on the facts before him. He also dismissed a signed declaration from the witness to the event claiming her signed declaration was unbelievable.
The prosecutor did not question any of the goat owner's testimony, and the only witness he did call took the 5th Amendment for her questions.
When Judge Buzzard said Hank had only behaved well since before and now after the event because he had been locked up, that completely omitted the months Hank had lived in absolute freedom as our pet – the best pet we had ever owned – he was always happy, always polite, took treats ever so gently, and was so loving.
The judge clearly had evidence to declassify Hank and let him come home, but he didn’t. An injustice was done to Hank, and I plead with you to use the power the people of Lewis County have given you, the Board of Commissioners, to right this injustice, set Hank free, and let him go back to his family at your earliest opportunity.
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