Dog taken from Visalia An­i­mal Care Cen­ter

The Fresno Bee - - Stay Connected - BY JOSHUA TEHEE jte­hee@fres­

Tu­lare County An­i­mal Ser­vices is look­ing for a dan­ger­ous and vi­cious dog that was taken from the Visalia An­i­mal Care Cen­ter this week.

The dog, a dark brown male Mas­tiff/Staffordshire ter­rier mix named Choco, was in quar­an­tine at the cen­ter and slated to be eu­th­a­nized, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Some­one broke into the cen­ter be­tween 6 p.m. Sun­day and 6 a.m. Mon­day and re­moved the an­i­mal from its ken­nel. No other an­i­mals were harmed or stolen, and no other prop­erty was taken, the re­lease says. Choco’s lo­ca­tion re­mains un­known.

This is a “dan­ger­ous dog” as de­fined by county or­di­nance and a pub­lic health con­cern, An­i­mal Con­trol Ser­vices says. If you see the dog, do not ap­proach and call an­i­mal ser­vices at 559-636-4080.

Choco was or­dered to be eu­th­a­nized in Septem­ber af­ter an at­tack that caused the death of a Ger­man shep­herd. Ten ad­di­tional ag­gres­sive in­ci­dents were also re­ported against the dog, in­clud­ing two al­leged bites to peo­ple. His own­ers were also found neg­li­gent in fail­ing to main­tain proper re­stric­tive mea­sures that would pre­vent him from freely roam­ing the neigh­bor­hood.

Last month, an ap­peals hear­ing was held at the owner’s re­quest. An in­de­pen­dent hear­ing of­fi­cer up­held the eu­th­a­niza­tion or­der.

Tu­lare County Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Agency

Of­fi­cials are look­ing for Choco, a dark brown Mas­tiff/Staffordshire Ter­rier mix. The dog has been deemed dan­ger­ous and should not be ap­proached.

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