Woman's pet pardoned

By Anna Carrera

Published 07/11 2014 04:58PM

Updated 08/08 2014 06:26PM

Update: 1:23 pm, 8/8/14, Friday
RANTOUL -- An area woman will keep her dog after it bit another one in June. Mary Alberico says she went to pick Harvey up from Animal Control last week. He was impounded over concerns he was dangerous.

A village ordinance would have meant Harvey needed to be put down, so a hearing was held. Alberico says she plans to keep him and move somewhere else next week.
Original: 4:58 pm, 7/11/14, Friday
RANTOUL -- An area woman is trying to save her dog from being put down. Mary Alberico says her pet, Harvey, got loose in her yard a few weeks ago. He got in a fight with another dog.

She says the other dog's owner had a pocketknife and threatened to stab him. Harvey bit the other dog, so, because of a village policy, he was impounded. But, Alberico is trying to fight the ruling.

She says, "In Champaign County, in the state of Illinois, a bite to another animal would be conclusive to a dangerous dog. He would be given another chance. I would have to take extra precautions, but he would still get life."

The owner of the other dog, William Samples, didn't want to speak, but kept shaking his head during testimony at a hearing Friday. Alberico says Harvey is usually a friendly dog and the bite was "uncharacteristic." No word when a ruling will be made.

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