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Owner: dog falsely labeled vicious after protecting home

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Carissa Curry says her dog Duke has been falsely accused of being vicious when he was only trying to protect the family home. Now, that could cost Carissa her home and her beloved dog.

She says when she left for work on August 7th, Duke was in the house and everything was secure. But when she arrived home, her gate was unlocked and her front door ajar.

"And Duke didn't meet me at the door and I was scared to death. And so I'm calling and calling and he's not coming and I'm frantic and crying."

Then she noticed a note on her door saying that Duke had been take by the Lucas County Dog Warden because he bit someone.

The American Pit Bull mix is accused of biting a passerby, but Carissa says she never let Duke run loose and that neighbors informed her they saw the man in her yard. She believes the man was bitten when he tried to get into her house and let the dog out.

"I have no proof that he was breaking in to my house. What I do know is I left for work and Duke was inside of my house. I know that man was seen inside of my yard, which has "no trespassing signs," and that my gate was locked prior to that."

She called 9-1-1 to file a breaking and entering report, but Curry is the one in trouble. She's facing criminal charges, and up to 30 days in jail if convicted, for failing to contain Duke and civil charges that would deem the dog as dangerous. If Duke is labeled dangerous, Curry says she faces $1,000 a year in insurance costs and eviction from her home.

"The stress level is through the roof. Not only is it stressful and heartbreaking and all of those things, financially it's outrageous."

Expenses the single mom says she can't afford. She's also afraid of having to give up Duke.

"He's like my best friend and I can't imagine losing him."

The Lucas County Dog Warden and the Prosecutor's Office could not be reached for comment.

Curry has set up a Facebook page called Support Duke with nearly 8,000 followers to help with her legal fees.

 

 

 

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