Just over in Sumner there is a standoff of sorts going on between loving dog owners the Peters’ family and the cities Animal Control. The Peters’ family is desperately trying to free their beloved dog Missy from their keep but it seems that Animal Control is opposing a fee so large that they are having a very hard time paying it free her and the bill just keeps getting larger. It has come to a point when you have to ask if they are trying to help the dog or just trying to take it way. Fees and fines for your dog getting out are one thing but when the fees and fines are so large that they may actual prevent repairs from being done to prevent the dogs escape again, it all seems to be getting out of hand quickly.
For Animal Control it’s a know fact that the Peters haven’t been perfect pet owners and the latest incident of Missy escaping is not the first. James Peters stated ‘Our dogs, they like to get out’ and went on to call his dogs ‘escape artists‘. The Peters family’s fence is now being repaired, but a few months back their dogs got loose again and got into a fight with the neighbor’s Chihuahua. The Peters agreed to pay the $4,400 vet bill with out hesitation, but it wasn’t long before Missy got out again. For Animal Control, it was the last straw and they took the dog away.
James believes Missy is scheduled to be euthanized on Tuesday. They are trying desperately to free her from Animal Control but with repair bills and an enormous fee from Animal Control things are not looking good. James stated ‘We don’t want her to lose her life. She’s got no reason to even be there‘. Officials at the shelter insist there has never been a plan to euthanize Missy, but they do state that the Peters family does need to pay a hefty fee in order to get their dog back.
While the officers conducted an investigation, Missy sat in the shelter. One month quickly turned into four, and now her boarding fees are over $1,500 according to the shelter. The City of Sumner says they offered to cut her fee in half, however, James is out of work and said he can’t afford to pay, even on a payment plan after making the repairs required to get her back. ‘Money’s very tight’ he said.
There is a ‘free Missy’ Facebook page, and donations from another website have brought in $300 toward getting the dog back home. Just search for ‘free Missy’ on Facebook to find her page.
Animal control officials state that should Missy go home, it will be with stipulations. Missy, along with the family’s other two dogs, have been deemed as ‘potentially dangerous dog‘. If she comes home, she and the other two dogs will have to be restrained or they could face euthanasia in the future.
If you would like to help this family bring home their dog please go to Facebook and search for ‘free Missy’. She’s not a bad dog, just caught in a bad situation. Maybe we can help the family build an escape proof fence as well to prevent the ‘escape artists’ from getting out, or maybe even a little dog training.