A Bossier City family works to keep their dog alive after animal control told them he would be put down, all because he did not have a collar on after an attack.
The incident in question happened a little more than a week ago on July 11th.
The Vanarsdale family said their next door neighbor’s dog jumped the fence and attacked their American bulldog-mastiff mix named Diesel. He survived but is currently under a veterinarian’s care.
“Both the dogs were locked on each other, blood everywhere. It was horrific,” recalled Vanessa Vanarsdale.
She said Monday her three-year-old diesel is not typically an aggressive dog.
“My dog has never bit anybody. He’s never attacked anybody,” she said.
But according to city documents, Bossier City classified Diesel a “dangerous dog” in 2013 after he got out of the yard twice and aggressively chased two people. With the classification comes perimeters, including posting a sign and Diesel having to wear a specific collar.
“My first instinct was to take his collar off, make sure he’s OK,” Vanarsdale said about the time following the attack. “I didn’t see too much. I just saw some blood and drool, like all around his neck.”
Vanarsdale did not put the collar back on and the police came to file a report. That is considered a violation, and Diesel is now classified as a vicious dog which must be put down.
“My worst thing is not getting him back. He’s a big part of my family, a really big part,” she said tearfully. “My kids love him like he’s a brother. He’s like a son to me.”
The Vanarsdales can appeal the “vicious dog” title. They plan to bring their case to the City CCouncilmeeting on August 5th, and ask the council to reverse the classification.
Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said cases before the city council are rare, but they do happen. He said only about five cases a year go before the council.