Dre ("Dray") has been in quarantine for more than a week and is facing possible euthanasia On July 26, the 6-year-old pit bull along with another other family dog, a Doberman, escaped from their home in Brighton. Someone called animal control and 911. The Doberman was released back to the family when the dogs were captured, but Dre was taken to the animal shelter.
The entire police report was not released to 9NEWS Monday and police wouldn't comment, citing that this incident is now an "active court case." However, the incident report states it was a "vicious animal running at large."
Marj Fredrick lives two doors down from the O'Briens. She says she knew they had two dogs but says there have never been any issues. She's shocked by what's going on. "I just couldn't believe it," Fredrick said. "It's a fairly quite friendly neighborhood. I have never heard anything bad about the dogs around here."
The O'Brien's have since hired a lawyer and couldn't comment Monday, but Mary O'Brien sent 9NEWS the following statement: "Dre is a wonderful dog with my children. I have [a] 2-year-old, 4-year-old and 12-year-old girls, and Dre has been a great pet to them. I just want him back with our family. My children miss him so much."
Pit bulls have been banned in several cities including Denver and Aurora. However, Brighton does not have the same policy. Dre remains in an animal shelter in Adams County. He's been there for almost two weeks. Dre has a new court date of August 10th at 8:30 a.m. Both a police officer and an animal control officer are going to court to plea with the judge to have "the dog" destroyed.
Please sign this petition and show Brighton, CO that falsely labeling a dog who has hurt no one will NOT be accepted! If you live locally, please consider coming to the court and showing your support. Brighton Municipal Court, 3401 E Bromley Lane. Brighton, Colorado plans to destroy Dre, even though he has never harmed anyone. Please help us save his life.
UPDATE 8/9/12: Dre's trial for 8/10 has been canceled. He will have a pre-trial hearing on 8/21/12. If you are local, please consider coming out and showing your support in the court room. Please continue to spread the word about Dre. He needs all the support he can get, as does his family. Please keep checking back for updates and for the time of his court case. Watch a video that his family put together of him here: http://bit.ly/Mm4YCw. Thank you.