Dog-Bite Victim Receives Hate Mail Wh...

Dog-Bite Victim Receives Hate Mail While Rolo Awaits Verdict on Right to Live

There are 38 comments on the www.rockymountainnews.com story from Dec 6, 2007, titled Dog-Bite Victim Receives Hate Mail While Rolo Awaits Verdict on Right to Live . In it, www.rockymountainnews.com reports that:

The woman bitten by a German shepherd that is scheduled to be euthanized, has received hate mail from dog lovers and is moving out of her Arvada neighborhood, her lawyer said today....

Dog lovers rallied around Rolo after Hagan began picketing outside the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden to try to save her dog.

Hagan has won permission to visit her dog a short time each day, and has started a Web site, http://www.rolodog.com, at which she appeals for help in saving Rolo and urges dog owners to immediately get a lawyer if they get in to a situation like hers.

A final decision on Rolo's fate is expected by Tuesday.

In the meantime, Hagan is hoping many people turn out for two rallies this weekend to protest the judge's order.

"We want to be in a place where a lot of people are going to show up and bring dogs," she said.

The rallies are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the corner of 13th and Washington streets in Golden.

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oggy

Englewood, CO

#1 Dec 7, 2007
Normally I'm not a big supporter of hate mail, but the owner of the dog has done EVERYTHING you could expect to remedy the situation, and the "victim" (no wound, no blood...my own dog has done worse than that to me)
still insists on death for the poor animal! Not only should she move out of Arvada, she should get out of Colorado! There's a special place in Hell for those who would kill dogs.

See you at the rally!

“I mow the lawn naked”

Since: Nov 07

AOL

#2 Dec 7, 2007
The owner of the dog should have insisted on pictures of the "wound" in question. Doesn't she have the right as the owner of a dog about to be euthanized due to this bite, to have pictures of what the victim claims happened to her? It seems to me there must have been pictures taken and the dog owner must have a right to use those pictures to defend herself and her dog. When the story first aired there wasn't very much info AT ALL.

“I miss you T!”

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#3 Dec 7, 2007
Lisa- wrote:
The owner of the dog should have insisted on pictures of the "wound" in question. Doesn't she have the right as the owner of a dog about to be euthanized due to this bite, to have pictures of what the victim claims happened to her? It seems to me there must have been pictures taken and the dog owner must have a right to use those pictures to defend herself and her dog. When the story first aired there wasn't very much info AT ALL.
I agree...I can't believe 'the victim' wants the dog dead and he didn't even break her skin....hmmm, he probably didn't even bite, I betcha it was a nip.
Marie

Denver, CO

#4 Jan 4, 2008
It appears to me that the alleged victim was trying to extort money from the dog's owner. I hope Rolo's lawyer raises that question in court.

Anyone who would make such an issue out of a nip, that didn't even break the skin, is either mentally unstable and should be ordered to undergo psychiatric testing before she is allowed to raise her child; or she is trying to scam money. Either way, she is not fit to raise a child in my opinion.
Tony Montana

Denver, CO

#5 Jan 5, 2008
Tough. Who did the biting here?
cowtown

Louisville, CO

#6 Jan 10, 2008
It wasn't a bite, Tony Montana. When a German Shepherd bites, trust me, skin is broken. Even animal control said in the transcripts that they don't recommend euthanasia for Rolo. They, more than anybody, are familiar with animal behavior and aggressive animals when they see it.

**READ THE TRANSCRIPTS**

The good news is that a new trial has been set for February 25th, and Rolo and his owner now have a defense attorney that specializes in this sort of thing.

I agree, it was a nip. Too bad the media has made it an uphill battle for Miss Hagan. They've used words such as "attack" and "lunge" when describing this incident. Plus, they have only quoted the vengeful neighbors of Old Town. They have yet to use any quotes from folks that actually know Rolo and his behavior as a gentle dog.

He was just as frightened as Kathy Hardin (the "victim") when he got loose.

I hope that Rolo and Miss Hagan are given another chance, under circumstances that he continue obedience training and fines and/or tickets are paid. German Shepherds are born to herd. In this case, his herding instinct needs to be suppressed. Other than that, he really seems like a good dog that is experiencing severe trauma being away from his owner too long. His incarceration in itself is cruel.

If I were Rolo's owner, and if they are indeed given another chance, I would move out of the neighborhood immediately. Threats are floating around the internet of poisoning the dog with tainted meat...

Please read the first trial transcripts at www.rolodog.com , and see for yourself how unfair it was for the neighbors to say what they did at the trial. Sign the petition and write a letter to our governor for a pardon!
Marlene

Denver, CO

#9 Feb 1, 2008
This dog needs to be back with his owner immediately. I had a wonderful German Shepherd a number of years ago and these dogs are not mean dogs; only protective. Rolo should never have been put in a shelter; should have been released to his owner. Thee woman who is causing this dog all this trama needs to move out of Colorado and never return.
SGC

New York, NY

#10 Feb 26, 2008
I cannot believe that Ms. Hagan was found guilty on BOTH counts ESPECIALLY the one about the Dangerous Animal. Oh, now rambunctious is called dangerous - well alot of snotty & unruly kids sure fit THAT bill don't they! Animal Experts have stated that this animal is NOT dangerous for Pete's sake...

To quote another comment: If this dog is put down I will NEVER EVER set foot in Arvada, spend a dime there or frequent any events, businesses, etc.
As for the accuser -how can she live with herself? She certainly should leave Colorado for perhaps a place that caters to small minded money grubing wackos.
dingo

Broomfield, CO

#11 Feb 26, 2008
So the "victim" is receiving hate mail and subsequently moving out of the neighborhood. Hopefully she will move out of state! Good riddance!

“What did you say?”

Level 2

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#13 Feb 26, 2008
I can't even imagine being this dog's owner tonite. Not knowing what will happen to him. I finally read the transcripts and what I feared is true. Arvada is the next Boulder. I say this, as I know other people who have issues with Arvada's random law enforcement. Obviously, from my moniker, I am already biased. I love this breed. They are sooo smart. I live on a corner lot. I had a neighbor who I was talking to thru the fence, about how her son had stuck his hand thru the knothole in a 6 ft privacy fence and my dog came up showed his teeth. Well, what was I to say? I did tell her she might want to teach her children not to stick their hand thru someone elses fence, especially if there was a dog in the yard. The next weekend, we replaced the street side of the fence and increased our homeowners insurance liability. Whay should I have to do this? My dog has been harassed by kids walking by- throwing things into the yard i.e. beer and liquor bottles. poking hands and sticks into the fence and verbal taunting. What else can I do?
Melissa

Tacoma, WA

#14 Feb 27, 2008
I hope Kathy Hardin burns in hell for being such a venegful, vindictive, petty little girl.
My heart goes out to poor Rolo and his people.
This a terrible injustice.
Judy

Denver, CO

#15 Feb 27, 2008
I tell you, if Rolo is put down I'm going to be so upset. We let illegals in, don't enforce laws and a dog, whose owner has done everything to make sure this won't happen again, may be put down. This will really make me a bitter woman towards the USA.
pics

Englewood, CO

#16 Feb 27, 2008
Pictures were taken. Bruises, red skin, no punctures.
Lisa- wrote:
The owner of the dog should have insisted on pictures of the "wound" in question. Doesn't she have the right as the owner of a dog about to be euthanized due to this bite, to have pictures of what the victim claims happened to her? It seems to me there must have been pictures taken and the dog owner must have a right to use those pictures to defend herself and her dog. When the story first aired there wasn't very much info AT ALL.
pics

Englewood, CO

#17 Feb 27, 2008
I don't think he was frightened at all, I think he thought he was in charge of the situation. Being a herding breed, I suspect he thought he was keeping the unorderly in order, to whatever extent that was.
cowtown wrote:
It wasn't a bite, Tony Montana. When a German Shepherd bites, trust me, skin is broken. Even animal control said in the transcripts that they don't recommend euthanasia for Rolo. They, more than anybody, are familiar with animal behavior and aggressive animals when they see it.
**READ THE TRANSCRIPTS**
The good news is that a new trial has been set for February 25th, and Rolo and his owner now have a defense attorney that specializes in this sort of thing.
I agree, it was a nip. Too bad the media has made it an uphill battle for Miss Hagan. They've used words such as "attack" and "lunge" when describing this incident. Plus, they have only quoted the vengeful neighbors of Old Town. They have yet to use any quotes from folks that actually know Rolo and his behavior as a gentle dog.
He was just as frightened as Kathy Hardin (the "victim") when he got loose.
I hope that Rolo and Miss Hagan are given another chance, under circumstances that he continue obedience training and fines and/or tickets are paid. German Shepherds are born to herd. In this case, his herding instinct needs to be suppressed. Other than that, he really seems like a good dog that is experiencing severe trauma being away from his owner too long. His incarceration in itself is cruel.
If I were Rolo's owner, and if they are indeed given another chance, I would move out of the neighborhood immediately. Threats are floating around the internet of poisoning the dog with tainted meat...
Please read the first trial transcripts at www.rolodog.com , and see for yourself how unfair it was for the neighbors to say what they did at the trial. Sign the petition and write a letter to our governor for a pardon!
Pissed in Denver

Denver, CO

#18 Feb 27, 2008
I have not heard of any poisoning threats, unless you are one of those wanting to poison a dog. And for Tony Montana, you are an asshole, hopefully you do not have kids or animals, because they both make mistakes, and who knows what you would do to either one.
cowtown wrote:
It wasn't a bite, Tony Montana. When a German Shepherd bites, trust me, skin is broken. Even animal control said in the transcripts that they don't recommend euthanasia for Rolo. They, more than anybody, are familiar with animal behavior and aggressive animals when they see it.
**READ THE TRANSCRIPTS**
The good news is that a new trial has been set for February 25th, and Rolo and his owner now have a defense attorney that specializes in this sort of thing.
I agree, it was a nip. Too bad the media has made it an uphill battle for Miss Hagan. They've used words such as "attack" and "lunge" when describing this incident. Plus, they have only quoted the vengeful neighbors of Old Town. They have yet to use any quotes from folks that actually know Rolo and his behavior as a gentle dog.
He was just as frightened as Kathy Hardin (the "victim") when he got loose.
I hope that Rolo and Miss Hagan are given another chance, under circumstances that he continue obedience training and fines and/or tickets are paid. German Shepherds are born to herd. In this case, his herding instinct needs to be suppressed. Other than that, he really seems like a good dog that is experiencing severe trauma being away from his owner too long. His incarceration in itself is cruel.
If I were Rolo's owner, and if they are indeed given another chance, I would move out of the neighborhood immediately. Threats are floating around the internet of poisoning the dog with tainted meat...
Please read the first trial transcripts at www.rolodog.com , and see for yourself how unfair it was for the neighbors to say what they did at the trial. Sign the petition and write a letter to our governor for a pardon!
Shepherd Owner

Denver, CO

#19 Feb 27, 2008
I pray for the dog and his owner, that the judge uses his brain and charges the alleged victim, with some sort of crime, this is so horrible. My shepherd, is very protective, but is not aggressive, whenever he sees my husband walk by and slap my butt, he comes over and nips my butt and keeps on walking like he did nothing. I think of him doing this, and cannot fathom that some psycho bitch would actually want him killed for not even breaking the skin. Trust me if a german shepherd had actually attacked her, she would have had hundreds if not thousands of stitches and more than likely reconstructive surgery to fix the damage, she really needs to re-evaluate her mental state, and what it is that she is doing, I think it is great she is being threatened, somebody needs to put her in her place than maybe she will think about her future decisions regarding making false statements, and trying to commit insurance fraud.
Judy wrote:
I tell you, if Rolo is put down I'm going to be so upset. We let illegals in, don't enforce laws and a dog, whose owner has done everything to make sure this won't happen again, may be put down. This will really make me a bitter woman towards the USA.
Judy

Denver, CO

#20 Feb 27, 2008
Rolo, being a dog that is bonded to the owner may have been protective but in such a way as to not cause harm to the accuser. So many people don't understand animals. We have neighbors who have 2 burmese mountain dogs that are big but I just put my weight into them and they are just big BIG lovely dogs but to other people they might freak out.

I still say give the dog a break, have it monitored AND I TELL YOU If he is put down I'm going to say "ENFORCE ALL THE OTHER LAWS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS and not enforced".
Fred

Pueblo, CO

#21 Feb 27, 2008
I can't fathom what the majority of you folks are talking about.

Rolo's owner was previously sited for letting Rolo run loose.

Rolo gets loose again and bites a woman, as multiple witnesses testified, and is backed up by the paramedics stating that there was redness and bruising.

To make it worse, Mrs. Hardin was in her own yard and with her 14 month old son.

This case is a no brainer. People should not have to live in fear of their neighbors pets.

TEN neighbors took time out of their busy schedules to show up and testify that ROLO is aggressive and they have lived in fear for their safety and that of their children.
Raysmom

Fort Collins, CO

#22 Feb 27, 2008
Rolo's owner does not have proper control, Fred, that I will agree with. The other stuff- well, that's the spin Kathy Hardin would like you to believe. Rolo ran out while being leashed at the door, and as a Shepherd owner, I know how curious they are, and they bolt toward the object of their curiosity. There were no other witnesses to the event, Fred- only the owner and the victim. Her buddies from TWO BLOCKS AWAY showed up at the second hearing date (the victim didn't even show at the first hearing, she only pressed charges AFTER leaving a note on the dog owner's door for twice the amount she needed for medical, and the owner contacted the authorities to see what her responsibilities were). Her buddies then testified that they were afraid of Rolo- he barked at them from his fenced yard. No expert testimony was allowed- the judge caved in to the lynch mob set. Rolo was sentenced to death, even though this same judge had just let the owner plea to the dangerous dog charge, under protest, and to go to training and improve her fence, which she did. That's how the owner got an appeal- the judge's findings were faulty and unsubstantiated.

Also, the victim screamed hysterically, picked up her kid and flung around- when we cheer or play, my Shepherd does the exact same thing- he jumps and mouths at the butt. Redness and bruising? Believe me, if he had wanted to hurt this woman and her child, she wouldn't be telling her story sitting down, standing up, or maybe at all.

If Ms. Hardin and her friends were so afraid of Rolo, why had they not addressed this issue before? If I lived with my son near a questionable animal, I would talk to the owner, try to get to know the dog, or make the authorities address the issue. I just think the victim panicked, and no, I don't think that's entirely her fault, but good grief, especially if you have kids, you should know better than to react that way- I would have bitten her, too!

No, Fred, the no-brainer here is that this dog has suffered and will suffer because PEOPLE have no brains, and he deserves another chance with a patient, loving family. He's 5, and he has never bitten anyone before, and as you say, he certainly has been loose before! Explain that!
No, something smells bad here, and I think it's Kathy Hardin and friends, and prejudice and greed.

“I miss you T!”

Since: Sep 07

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