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Good Samaritans Save Disabled Veteran’s Dog From Death

Good Samaritans Save Disabled Veteran’s Dog From Death

After being accused of biting a neighbor, Mimi — service dog to disabled veteran Steven Woods — was taken from her home. The neighbor took Mimi to court three months after the incident, despite initially claiming it was not Mimi who had bit him. On Veteran’s Day, a two-day court battle ended with a judge ruling Mimi a “dangerous dog.”

The judge gave Woods 15 days to pay a $500 dangerous dog registration fee, the impounding fees of $16 a day for six weeks, the cost to neuter Mimi, build a six foot fence and purchase a $100,000 liability insurance policy. If Steven did not follow these requirements, Mimi would be put to death. Steven Woods’ monthly disability check is nowhere near enough to pay the fines — leaving him fearful he would never get his beloved companion back.

Thanks to generous animal lovers around the world, donations were quickly sent to pay the fees needed to bring Mimi home. In the end, it was an emotional and happy reunion. Randy Turner, Steven’s lawyer, expressed his gratitude to all who supported them:

“I want to say again how profoundly grateful that Steven and I are for the incredible outpouring of support that he and Mimi received from all over the DFW area, Texas, the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Thanks to your countless emails and phone calls to Ft. Worth government officials we were able to get Mimi back home without months of protracted litigation that, quite frankly, we might have lost in the end.

On a personal level, the response we received in this case has given a big boost to my faith in two-legged animals. I have been amazed at the diversity of Steven’s supporters — liberal, conservative, young, old, black, white — every demographic you can think of. This case just shows how much good can be accomplished when people come together for a good cause, like saving an animal and helping a disabled war veteran.”

Congratulations to Steven and Mimi on their reunion and thank you to all who supported them. Your support truly makes a difference.

Due to an excessive amount of emails, Steven and Randy have a hard time responding to all of their supporters’ kind words. Steven has shared a link to his Facebook page for any updates of Mimi.

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5:35AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

great share

1:30AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

The law is an ass!And when it comes to dogs ,it's guilty ,and when proven innocent(because nine times out of ten it's something humans did to cause it)then it's still guilty!

8:15AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

I do not know what kind of judge makes his judgement from the bench without even getting close to the animal itself.

4:39AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Great :-)

3:36PM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Pets and vets deserve our respect.

12:25PM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

The neighbor "initially claimed that it was not Mimi who bit him"~~wouldn't that raise some kind of red flag of misrepresentation of the truth?? Seems to me this should have been thrown out of court to begin with, as the alleged victim's allegations were uncorroborated. This person seems most unreliable to me, so what was that judge thinking?? What a nasty piece of work to treat a veteran and his service animal this way. Seems to me that he has the "God-syndrome" and is misusing his power over people and situations like this. Perhaps he needs to step down and find some other means of making a living, as judges should be compassionate as well, and a lot are, but not this one~~seems he has become calloused or maybe he has always been a nasty piece of work. I think people like him are very unhappy with themselves and their lives, so they take it out on people who cannot defend themselves. Very sad, indeed.

10:30AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

I am Very glad Mimi was saved.

However, what is being done to handle the dogs behavior? She did bite someone and unless this is corrected he could still lose her in the future if this happens again. I am sure if Steven had the right technology to handle her he would as he loves her. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that other do not get harmed by their dog.

The best I have seen to correct this is The Dog Whisperer. He loves pits and says to paraphrase-That if you have a high intensity breed like a Pit Bull or Rottweiler that you have to be "on" (the calm, assertive pack leader, etc) from the moment you wake up in the morning until you go to sleep at night.

The Dog Whisperer also says he TRAINS people and he REHABILITATES dogs.
I hope some of the money raised will be spent hiring a dog behaviorist like the Dog Whisperer to train Steven and rehabilitate Mimi.

Best of luck to you both!

3:28AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

That judge was a greedy over the top so and so. Glad Steven got the needed donations from all the decent people and animal lovers out there.

8:48PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

God's blessings were upon Steven, although I can't imagine how the judge could be so hard hearted. Thank God there are some people who do have hearts in this world. Hahaha, and I agree with you Jeanne R.

11:32AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

The judge and the neighbor should be put through the loss of a loved one. This poor man served his country - and in this case took the brunt for these two as well, as they just rested their ... in a soft chair - and then had to be put through this ordeal. Isn't life hard enough for him as it is?
Thank God that the outcome was after all positive.

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