Veteran's Companion Dog Seized

Former G.I. Cody Jacobson had many friends while serving in Afghanistan. But out of the Army and back home he has only one best friend, his dog Bandit.

Cody says, “When my mind starts to wander to all the stuff I’ve been through, I have him to comfort me.”

In fact Cody has a letter from a Veteran’s Affairs doctor that states he should have a "Companion dog" to help the veteran deal with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

But Bandit was not a comfort to a neighbor. A young mother was playing with her daughter and went into the street in front of her house. Bandit and another dog, belonging to Cody’s mother, were being let out. The dogs charged the woman, biting her eight times. The woman’s husband took her to an emergency room with bite wounds on her ankles, legs and stomach. Cody’s mother turned her dog over to the Nebraska Humane Society and it’s been euthanized.

But Cody’s dog remains in a Humane Society kennel pending a judge's ruling on whether it’s a dangerous dog and should be put down.

Mark Langan of the Humane Society says, “We consider these pretty serious bites which is why we confiscated the dog, issued a citation and we'll let the courts decide the outcome of the dog.”

Cody says he’ll ask a judge to let him get Bandit back, “To give him a second chance. This will not happen again.”

The Humane Society Chief of Enforcement commends Cody’s service to his country. But Langan says, “That doesn’t negate the fact this is a dangerous dog that severely bit a neighbor.”

The neighbor underwent rabies shots because she says Bandit’s vaccinations weren’t up to date. She says the dog is dangerous.

Cody goes to court next week on the ticket for allowing a dangerous dog to run loose. A judge could also rule on the fate of his dog.


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