A tearful plea by the owner of a dangerous dog. She's fighting to get the dog back. But the humane society and a neighbor worry about another attack.
An emotional appeal by a reckless dog owner not just to clear her name but she believes to save her dog. Michaela Kavanaugh who has been declared as a reckless dog owner by the city says of the dog, " She loves everyone, it’s just the dog next door"
Michaela Kavanaugh's dog Ginger has been seized by the Nebraska Humane Society after going over or under a fence three times the last year and a half to attack and injure the neighbor’s dog in the neighbor’s backyard. Those neighbors say they’re worried the next time, what if they're two year old daughter is back there playing with her pet and gets caught in the middle.
Neighbor Tachen Kniewel talked to Fact Finders, "I don't want her(the dog) to be euthanized but I don't want her to live next door to me either.I don't want my dogs to be attacked again or god forbid my child."
Before the city's board of appeals Kavanaugh and her mother acknowledged mistakes securing ginger but want the reckless owner designation removed in attempt to get the dog back. Melissa Matthes told the board, " Ginger is a very loving dog, she's playful."
But the Nebraska Humane Society Vice President Mark Langan says Ginger is a dangerous dog. Langan says, "We feel if we release this dog back, its already shown a propensity to attack so we don't think it's a god idea to put it back in the public."
The board denied the appeal, one board member saying. "This board has to look out for the safety of the community."
So Kavanaugh remains a reckless dog owner though vowing to go all the way to the Supreme Court. Michaela Kavanaugh says, "Because that dog is like my baby, I raised her, she's not a harm to people.”
Ginger will remain in a Humane Society kennel while deciding her fate moves into the courtroom.
The reckless owner designation based on several factors means Michaela Kavanaugh can't own any pets for four years. The Humane society lists forty reckless pet owners in Omaha.