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Disabled Veteran and His Dog Targeted by City Officials

Disabled Veteran and His Dog Targeted by City Officials

A few weeks ago, we shared Steven and Mimi’s heartwarming story with you — the disabled veteran who was able to get his service dog back, thanks to generous donations from people around the world.

Sadly, in a recent email from Randy Turner, Steven’s lawyer, we learn that Steven is being targeted again:

It never ends for Steven Woods, the disabled Iraq war veteran, and his therapy dog, Mimi. Because of all the negative media coverage the city of Fort Worth received when it seized Mimi it has decided to retaliate against Steven. The city is now fining him $7,252 for “failure to quarantine dog,” claiming that when he took Mimi and his other dog to the city animal shelter for quarantine last July as ordered by Animal Control they were not his dogs! And even though Steven lives on $779/month disability income the city refuses to let him into the court program for low-income people who can’t afford to pay fines. This is the worst case of malicious prosecution I have seen. Steven was told by the city attorney yesterday that that decision “comes from the top,” which obviously means someone way high up in city government.

If unable to pay these additional fines, Steven could end up in jail and lose his dog, yet again.

Randy will continue to fight for Steven and welcomes your help.

If you want to help Steven and Mimi stay together, sign this petition!

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4:06PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

this is past ridiculous..............some of those people need to try on our (the disabled) shoes

4:52PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

To all of you that signed this. I would advise you in the future to do your homework and not believe any petition that comes your way. First of all Steven Woods was found to be a fraud (late December 2010) . He never served in Iraq and was never in the army. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard. The entire story of the IED was made up. The lawyer quit because of the lies. Mimi and another dog attacked a man and his wife in 2011. A judge ordered them euthanized in August 2011. http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Dog-Made-Famous-by-Former-Soldiers-Lie-Gets-Death-Penalty-127565463.html If you want to support someone, do a little homework and do not support a liar pretending to be an injured soldier.

3:37PM PDT on May 16, 2013

So very depraved. Way to go Forth Worth.

8:56PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

hope Steven did not have to pay the fine and got to keep his dog, and maybe his neighbor should be in jail if she lied about the dog biting her

6:51AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:03AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Is the picture at the top of this story an actual picture of Steven Woods? If so, is this just another thinly veiled example of racism by cowboy politicians in Texas? For shame Fort Worth. The individual behind this uncalled for harassment of Mr. Woods should be summarily fired and thoroughly exposed to the public for shame and humiliation.

2:03PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

FOR SHAME you think you got bad publicity then oh ust you wait for the publicity you are yet to receive KEEP FIGHTING

1:55AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Terrible!

3:28AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Teresa, this petition is now closed.
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3:27AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Horrible!

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