12/21/07: Lucy Is Gone - Speak Out In Her Name
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Lucy was Killed Today... Please say a prayer light a candle for her...
W.A.R. (Win Animal Rights)
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Sunnyvale, California Government Contacts
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Sunnyvale City Attorney David Kahn
Sunnyvale City Hall * PO Box 3707 * Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707
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Honorable Judge Brian Walsh
Department 18, Old Courthouse
191 N. First Street * San Jose, CA 95113
Sunnyvale Mayor Otto Lee
PO Box 64457 * Sunnyvale, CA 94088-4457
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Sunnyvale City Council
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Humane Society Silicon Valley
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Ladies and Gentleman,
The City of Sunnyvale failed a little boy on December 20, 2007 when they
unjustly euthanized his dog Lucy. They also failed Lucy, a first-time
offender with no record of prior aggression.
On July 30, Lucy allegedly attacked a Chihuahua when she escaped from the
home of her family, Ian Young, Desiree Hedberg and their two-year-old son
Liam. This Chihuahua had been known to agitate Lucy in the past.
While the attack is tragic, I don't understand why the city of Sunnyvale and
courts of Santa Clara chose to break another family's heart. Concerned
citizens everywhere want to ensure this injustice never repeats itself.
Lucy had no history of dangerous behavior and was reportedly provoked before
the attack. Even if Lucy were classified a "potentially dangerous dog,"
California law enables her to live freely with restrictions such as
supplemental insurance and muzzling in public. Sunnyvale Municipal Code
stipulates Lucy could return home with terms and conditions or be removed
from the city. If ordered to leave, Lucy could have gone to any number of
rescue sanctuaries specializing in troubled dogs.
Instead, authorities overturned three appeals and opted to kill a companion
animal who has shown no previous threat to humans or animals. Sunnyvale's
own animal behaviorist described Lucy as a very friendly, well-socialized
dog in her report. The Young's behaviorist, who represented them in court at
no cost, rated Lucy a 0 out of 10 for human aggression.
I urge the city of Sunnyvale and courts of Santa Clara to reevaluate a
municipal process that allowed this miscarriage of justice. Lucy should not
be dead. Please fix the broken system that let this happen.
Sometimes, the death of one hurts as much, if not more, than the statistical
death of many. Lucy had a face...
complete court transcript (pdf file)