Pit bull mauling case pushes forward

Published On: Dec 28 2012 08:02:10 AM HST

A court will now decide the fate of two pit bulls linked to the fatal mauling of a Chihuahua. 

Anne Stills is still grieving for her tiny pooch Lillie, and still waiting to find out what’s going to happen to the dogs that injured her and killed her Chihuahua.

“I feel those dogs are very vicious, I saw what they did to me and my dog. I saw what they did to two other people,” Stills said.

But the fate of those two pit bulls in Santa Fe is still up in the air. Their owner, Gerard Matthews, brushed past Action 7 News cameras outside court Thursday.

His attorney, Tom Clark, explained that Thursday’s hearing was, in part, to examine if they could reach a plea deal, which doesn't seem likely. Clark said that’s because the deal would involve putting the dogs down.

“No,” Clark says, “He’s raised these dogs since they were puppies and he's close to them, and he doesn't want to see them dead. He doesn't want to see them killed.”

In the meantime, the matter of what should happen to the dogs, whether they should they remain in city custody, or at a sanctuary, and at whose expense was settled.

“Whether these dogs are vicious or not, or whether they're dangerous or not, it looks like it’s going to have to be a determination by the court,” Clark said.

But for Stills, an animal lover, the only option moving forward, in her eyes, is euthanasia. She’s hoping her dog’s death won’t be in vain.

“I won’t stop until we get laws changed in this state,” she said.

The trial will start Feb. 22.


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