In the wake of being forced to give up her 4-year-old dog, Zion, Danelle Conway has been pleading with the city of Parker and a nearby animal shelter for clarification.
Zion engaged in two separate dog-biting fights in their neighborhood last year, but according to her, neither incident resulted in any significant injuries.
One of the cases, according to Kristina Bergsten, Conway’s attorney, was dismissed, while another was resolved through a deferred judgment plea. That lawsuit would have likewise been fully dropped if there were no further infractions within a year.
Zion, however, engaged in another incident with a dog in August 2022 when Conway’s husband stumbled and dropped Zion’s leash during their stroll.
After slipping on the concrete, hitting his head and dropping the leash, Kent got into a fight with a nearby dog but was able to break it up quickly.
Conway did enter a guilty plea in this case to violating a dangerous dog ordinance under Parker’s Municipal Code, but Bergsten, who was not Conway’s attorney at the time of this decision, claims her client was unaware that doing so would require giving up Zion.
Conway Instructed to Give Up Custody to Animal Sanctuary While Supporters Call for Release
Conway was instructed to give up custody of Zion to the Buddy Center, an animal sanctuary in Castle Rock, after Bergsten’s legal team filed a motion to suspend the court order while Conway worked on her appeal.
Miss Conway was informed by a Buddy Center employee or volunteer, whatever they were, that they would just put Zion to sleep because they couldn’t find him a home when she turned him up at the facility in accordance with the court’s order. a history of bites, added Bergsten.
Those calling for Zion’s release this week claim there have been months of ignored inquiries on Zion’s condition at the Buddy Center.
For liability reasons, Bergsten explained, dogs that have a history of biting or being deemed dangerous are isolated in a different area of the shelter from the other available dogs.
The Dumb Friends League uploaded a video of a dog it claims is Zion playing outside with some of the workers in response to a request for proof of Zion’s wellbeing.
Conway and those who were in favor of Zion’s release were informed of this footage and comments by CBS News Colorado.
The owner, through her lawyers, had the authority to request any information regarding Zion while the two cases were pending, the Dumb Friends League retorted. Despite the fact that the owner’s counsel never made a formal request for the information during the course of the litigation, the town of Parker gave the owner’s attorney specific information about the health and wellbeing of Zion.
However, for those who have supported and cared for Zion’s release, it goes beyond simply ensuring his wellbeing. Conway promises to keep battling for his release.
Source: CBS News