A judge declared Bandit a dangerous dog but worthy of a second chance.
The chow lab mix won’t be euthanized. Instead the dog is released back to the owner after being impounded four months at the Nebraska Humane Society.
Dog owner Cody Jacobson said, “I don’t even have words to describe how happy I am that he gets another chance.”
Sarpy County Judge Jeff Funk ruled Bandit is a dangerous dog after causing injury to a person. But the judge said in court “Not every dangerous dog needs to be destroyed.”
In September while Cody stayed at his mother’s Sarpy county home bandit got out the front door.
A young mother living across the street was attacked. She suffered eight bites on her ankles and stomach.
However Judge Funk said the evidence showed this was the only time Bandit had attacked anyone.
Cody lives outside Bellevue city limits so a less restrictive state law on dangerous dogs applies to Bandit. That means the dog won’t have to wear a muzzle outside.
Cody Jacobson bought one anyway and plans to use it on walks. Cody said. “I don’t want any problems. I just want everything to go back to normal and keep people safe.”
Mark Langan of the humane society said Cody must still follow a laundry list of restrictions on Bandit.
The victim of the attack declined comment onthe judges ruling.
She has sought payment for her medical bills through insurance on the home owned by Cody's mother.