DANVILLE – A dog at the center of a legal controversy has died, according to the dog’s former owner.
Doris Carter, of Danville, said she has been trying in Boone County court to get a dog back that belonged to her late son, Howie Carter.
“I made a promise to him that when he died I would take care of his dog, Bobo,” she said.
Bobo is a Boxer and died at the Madison Animal Hospital on Thursday, according to Carter.
“They said he had cancer,” she said. “I am just heart broken and don’t know what I am going to do now.”
The dog was taken by Boone County officials in September because of a civil matter to be held until the case was resolved.
The civil matter is regarding an incident that happened with the dog and a young boy on Carter’s property on May 30, 2013.
According to the civil suit filed in Boone County Circuit Court, the young boy was attacked by the dog and received injuries to his face.
Some family and friends of the child injured by the dog have said that the child was viciously attacked by the dog and badly injured during the dog attack.
Carter says she was selling a lawn mower and a man stopped at her property to look at it.
“His little boy got out and was playing with Bobo and Bobo jumped up and one of his nails on one of his paws caught the little boys lip and maybe scratched his neck as well,” Carter explained.
The boy went to the hospital and Carter says she also went. The family of the injured boy claims this is a lie and that Carter is only trying to seek sympathy through the media.
“He wasn’t there very long at all and he just had a couple of scratches,” Carter said.
The boy’s family claims he was severly injured with puncture wounds to his lip, face and neck, and will require plastic surgery and other medical attention in the future.
The boy’s parents took legal action and wanted to have the dog put to sleep under West Virginia’s vicious dog law. They are apparently still suing Carter for the injuries to their little boy.
In the court documents, they said that according to others the dog was known to be vicious, dangerous and in the habit of biting or attacking persons. The family said the attack on the small child by the dog let punchure wounds to his lip and neck and the dog appeared to be going for the “jugular.” They said the dog has bitten others in the past, and they can and will prove it.
Carter denies this allegation.
“He never left my property and he was a loving dog,” she said. “I only let him out to use the bathroom and all of my neighbors know that he was a good dog.”
As the case lingered on in court, Carter said the dog became very depressed and sick.
“When I went to see him, he looked awful,” she said. “He was so weak that he could hardly get out of the dog house to come over to the edge of the kennel where we could pet him or put our hands on him. I continued to fight to get Bobo the medical care he needed.”
The dog was removed from the dog pound to the Boone Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC), then eventually to the Madison Animal Hospital.
Carter says during the almost nine weeks Bobo was at the pound he went from being stout and strong to sick and frail.
“He went from 75 pounds to 46 pounds the time that he was in the dog pound,” Carter said.
Boone County Pound employees didn’t want to go on record, but told local television station WOWK-TV 13 reporter Nicky Walters that the dog always had access to food, but often refused to eat.
Carter said she even dropped off cans of food that Bobo liked to eat at home.
“He was walking on 3 legs,” Carter said. “You could see his ribs. Every one of his ribs you could count them. He had a sore on his side.”
Carter also said that Bobo had a severe eye infection.
“I cried my heart was just broke,” Carter said. “He was such a pretty dog and I knew he was suffering and there just wasn’t anything I could do about it.”
Carter says she doesn’t know what will happen next as far as the civil court matter goes, but she isn’t even thinking about all of that right now.
“I loved that dog,” she said. “I don’t know how they can get away with doing what they did to Bobo, but now he is gone and I am heart broken.”
The family of the little boy that was attacked said they don’t understand why people would have more sympathy for a vicious dog than for a small child that was severly injured by the dog.