Saturday, March 13, 2010
We're pleased to report that 'Spork,' the Colorado red smooth Dachshund who had an uncertain future after biting a vet tech, got a reprieve yesterday. A judge gave Spork a 6 month deferred prosecution, which means that as long as he is a good doggie for 6 months, and doesn't injure anyone, all charges will be dropped. And we know you'll be a good boy, right Spork? Excerpt from the Daily Camera:
"I'm glad it's over with, and I'm glad our dog is safe for now," Spork's owner Kelly Walker said after the hearing. "Emotionally, this has been hard on everyone involved."
Tim and Kelly Walker said they feel bad about the pain the veterinary worker went through.
"But we feel an apology is afforded us, too," Tim Walker said. "We feel we weren't afforded the protection we should have been."
In a statement released from his lawyers, Mr. Walker says:
“We are relieved that Spork is out of danger for the moment,” said Tim Walker, owner of Spork. “While we know that we would have prevailed in court, this case has been incredibly upsetting for our family. We are happy that we will be able to return to a normal life and know that this misguided case against us will be dropped in a determined number of months. We thank all the friends we know and don’t know for their support during this ordeal.”
Read more at the Daily Camera or at The Animal Law Center.
This story has been extremely troubling from all angles. We're glad that it's over, and that Spork, seen here going for a car ride, can go on with his life - playing with toys, chasing squirrels, napping in the sun - doing what Dachshunds do best. (photo from facebook's Save Spork) Thanks to everyone who has sent in updates on this story along the way.