Buddy Gets Temporary Reprieve

 Elizabeth Ruiz
A Golden Retriever-mix named Buddy gets to live while his "vicious dog" case is on appeal.
Buddy is  accused of biting a 9-year-old girl at a Northwest Side apartment complex last November and he  remains in custody of Animal Care Services, but he got a reprieve Friday.
Attorney Michelle Maloney, who represents the dog's owner, told 550 KTSA News she reached an agreement with city attorneys.
"They will not euthanize Buddy while we go through the entire appellate process," said Maloney.

The girl's mother claims Buddy bit her daughter's face and municipal judge ordered that the dog be euthanized, but Maloney argues that Buddy was on a leash when the girl leaned over his faceand started yelling and waving her arms.
While the owner is pleased that Buddy got a reprieve, 83-year-old Homer Mojica longs to be able to see his four-legged companion again.   The six-year-old dog remains in custody of Animal Care Services. 
"This agreement has bought us a considerable amount of time to appeal the case and hopefully, to negotiate something with the city and work out another arrangement for Buddy," Maloney told 550 KTSA News.

Buddy has been at the kennel at the Brooks City-Base facility since early November.
Maloney vows to continue to work on getting the city to allow Mojica to visit Buddy.
"That's one of the things that we're really hoping to accomplish pending the appeal-at least get him visitation. Ideally, we'd like to get him out of there," she said.

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