Victory! JoJo the Dog Saved From Euthanasia

After months of court hearings, justice has been served for JoJo the dog, and he is now safe. JoJo faced euthanasia after biting two children, even though the incidences occurred out of self-defense.

A huge thanks to Care2 members who signed our petition to protect JoJo from an unjust fate.

JoJo had lived with his owners and their two children without incident in their former home. It was only after the family had moved to a trailer park when the so-called vicious behavior began. His owners, the Wheeler family, noticed neighborhood children would tease him and throw sticks towards their yard to get the dog’s attention. When JoJo would run up to the fence, he would receive an electric shock. The children would do this over and over again in amusement, despite the family asking them to stop. Eventually, two incidences arose where the boys came in close contact with JoJo and were bitten by him, since JoJo had associated the taunting and shocks with the children. Clearly, these “attacks” on the children occurred as a result of provocation.

California law states a dog cannot be labeled vicious if it was provoked, yet JoJo was given this title and taken away from his owners anyway. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control claimed there was no evidence of taunting, and ordered JoJo to be euthanized because of the threat he posed.

However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Care2 members Travis Rosquez and Denise Wheeler, the ruling eventually turned in JoJo’s favor after an appeal was filed. Rosquez and Wheeler took several measures to save JoJo, including hiring an animal behaviorist to help determine JoJo’s aggression as non-existent, securing pro-bono legal representation and creating a Care2 petition to spread the word on their cause.

Now, JoJo is living in the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary where he awaits adoption. While the Wheelers were unable to have JoJo back in their home, they are grateful for all those who helped save JoJo throughout this ordeal. Supporters have started a crowd-funding campaign to help pay for JoJo’s expenses from the last few months, which you can visit here.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan2 years ago

So glad JoJo was saved. Bravo!!

Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

Lovely to hear some good news. So many dogs and children could be spared this if children were taught how to treat animals properly.

sonia b.
sonia b3 years ago

enfim,boas noticias

Carrie-Anne Brown

sad his not allowed back with his family but glad he is alive :) thanks for sharing :)

Barbara Peterlin
Barbara P4 years ago

Gooood! Jojo has a big victory!

Rishu Bathla
Rishu Bathla4 years ago

Happy for the JoJo......god bless him

Lucia De Neef
Lucia De Neef4 years ago


Kelly Watson
KELLY Watson4 years ago

I'm beyond happy he was saved but justice was not served here. Where's the kids punishment? These are the types that grow up to be animal abusers! And why isn't JoJo back with his family? What did they do wrong that they have to suffer and loose their family member. Our world is so a**-backwards it's ridiculous...

Jelena Radovanovic
Past Member 4 years ago

These are the best news.Thank you.