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Family fighting back after dog set to be euthanized for alleged attacks

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The Franey family of St. Peters does not want their dog euthanized after it was accused of attacking another dog. Authorities say they have no choice but to euthanize the dog. Credit: KMOV The Franey family of St. Peters does not want their dog euthanized after it was accused of attacking another dog. Authorities say they have no choice but to euthanize the dog. Credit: KMOV

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A family is fighting back against the St. Charles County Animal Control after their dog is set to be euthanized for alleged attacks.  

Jordan Franey says her 1-year-old pit-bull puppy, Chevy, is set to be euthanized in early August.

“Him being a rescue we kind of saved each other, he’s my support all the time, losing him would be very hard,” said Franey.

In April, when Franey's neighbor, despite “Beware of Dog” signs, reached over into her fenced in yard, and Chevy bit him. County Animal Control allowed the dog to return home because the neighbor acknowledged his role in the attack.  

But a few weeks later there was another incident.  

“[The dog] went to a neighboring yard and attacked another dog, thankfully it wasn’t a fatal attack but it was a very severe attack,” explained Hope Woodson, St. Charles County Director of Public Health.

Franey says she does not know how her dog got out of their fenced in yard and has questions.

But Woodson says it is her role as the Director of Public Health to make the final decision on whether a dog is a danger to the community.

“It’s something we do not take very lightly at all. I sit and look at all the evidence, hear all the testimony,” said Woodson. 

In this case, it came down to the second attack being unprovoked.

“If I was to put this dog back in the community and something else happens, that falls on my shoulders,” said Woodson.

Franey plans to appeal, hoping they change their mind.

Woodson says declaring a dog dangerous does not happen often, saying it only happens a few times each year.  

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