After pleading no contest to owning a dangerous dog Cody Jacobson pleaded with a Sarpy county judge not to order “Bandit” be put down.
Jacobson said, “150 people on my facebook page said he should get a second chance.”
Bandit is a chow lab mix who got out of a front door and attacked a neighbor. The victim is a young mother who chased after a ball in the street while playing with her two children.
Bandit attacked, biting the back of the woman’s legs ankles and once on the stomach before she ran into her garage and closed the door.
Testifying in a hearing on the dog’s fate Cody said, “I’ll take every precaution to make sure it never happens again.” He testified Bandit had never shown any violent tendencies.
The victim needed a painful and expensive rabies shot because bandit’s vaccinations were four months past due.
Jacobson said he’ll make sure all shots are up to date and buy a muzzle for his dog.
Jacobson testified he’s a disabled army infantryman who spent six months in Afghanistan.
His attorney Leanne Kendall said, “He has post traumatic stress disorder so this dog is absolutely necessary for his continued rehabilitation and the bond between them is so, so close.”
However Mark Langan Vice President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society said, “It was a very dramatic court hearing. Bit it doesn’t mitigate the fact this dog caused serious injury to the victim. She suffered post traumatic stress and permanent scaring. We consider the dog dangerous and we think the dog should be put down.”
Due to extensive and emotional testimony along with a letter from the victim, the Sarpy county judge said he will take it all under advisement.
His ruling on Bandit’s fate will be in mid-January.
Cody Jacobson will also be fined then after being found guilty of owning a dangerous dog.