The city of Chippewa Falls has won a court order to have what it has termed a vicious dog euthanized.
Judge Jim Isaacson granted the order Tuesday, noting the city had met its burden.
The dog, an American bulldog named “Shay,” is owned by Mauro Martinez III and Ashley Brown of 209 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls.
Shay bit a 6-year-old child on June 6. Martinez and Brown were cited for keeping a vicious animal after that incident.
On Sept. 24, Shay attacked and injured a dog owned by Cindy Eckes. According to the police report, Eckes asked Martinez to stop his dog from attacking her dog and Martinez responded with an expletive.
The city then started a civil court action to have the dog euthanized under a city ordinance allowing for vicious dogs to be put down. The ordinance spells out what the city must prove to the court to obtain such an order.
Martinez attempted to stop the action by giving the dog to Michael Ferguson of Lake Hallie, where the dog supposedly is today. However, Martinez did not properly respond to the city’s court action in a legal sense, so the city continued to seek the order, which Isaacson granted.
Martinez made a statement at the court hearing Tuesday, as did City Attorney Bob Ferg. Isaacson found that the dog had attacked and injured a child and that Martinez knew about it. He said the city had met its legal burden and ruled in favor of the city.
Normally after such a court ruling the attorney representing the winning party drafts a court order for the judge’s signature. The police would need such an order to take possession of the dog to have it euthanized.