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!
Photo courtesy of Randy Turner