Gwinnett County Police K-9 Draco notched another win against an alleged criminal, this time in court.
Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins.
The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.”
When a federal judge rejected Gwinnett’s initial attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, the county appealed. On Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta threw out the case against Draco.
“We hold that a dog may not be sued individually for negligence since a dog is not a ‘person,’” Judge Robin Rosenbaum wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel. Georgia law, she noted, does not allow such claims to be litigated against dogs.
The mere notion of allowing a lawsuit against a dog raises abundant practical issues, Rosenbaum added. How would you formally serve the lawsuit on a dog? What about the dog’s retention of legal representation? How can a dog be expected to pay damages?
I believe the accepted method for serving a lawsuit on a dog involves the lawyer peeing on the dog’s lawn.
Baby Groot and his brother were rescued from Walton County Animal Control on May 2 after being turned in as strays. They are both loving and playful fellas just looking for a family to cherish them. Since nothing is known about either parent, we can’t say with any certainty what the adult size will be or what they may be mixed with.
Baby Groot is currently suffering from rickets due to poor nutrition but with proper care and nourishment, he should fully recover.
These precious sisters were seen being pushed out of a truck on a rural road. COFAS rescued them from Walton AC the same day. They are about 3 months old, 12 lbs., sweet and happy as can be and are looking for their forever homes.
“I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and some time to spend with me. I’m a dog on a mission to please you. I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed.”
Betty was rescued by law enforcement in rural Georgia after she and her two puppies were found subsisting in criminal conditions. Her puppies have been adopted but Betty waits. Despite the treatment she received at the hands of humans, she is incredibly gentle and loving. She is great with people, kids and other dogs. When she was rescued, she had heart worms and has since been treated. Betty is a survivor and she deserves to survive even longer – in the loving arms of a good, compassionate person of her very own.
Patsy is a deserving young female American Bulldog mix. She was the victim of criminal neglect for the first 8 months of her life. Law enforcement rescued her and charged her owner. She came into foster the summer of 2015 where she lives with other dogs. She is shy at first, but once she warms up, she is gregarious.
Patsy has also been working with a professional behaviorist to help her learn to trust human beings. Her capacity for love is enormous. She is a goofball, wanting nothing more than to plop her bowling ball body down into your lap or to wiggle her butt around town on leash. She loves to walk. She is a survivor and she deserves happily every after.
Cody is a very sweet young boy who was recently found at a dumpster in Burke County, Ga. He was easily rescued and has been a most grateful dog. Cody gets along with young kids and loves to be a couch pup. He is just the sweetest and would make a wonderful attention to any family.
Wilson is a sweet boy. He stays quiet in his run but he has lots of energy once he’s outside. He would make a great running partner. Or he would love a fenced in back yard to play in.
Wilson is in Run 79 and his ID is 595798.
He wants a home with a lap to sleep on or someone to carry him around with them. He does walk well on a leash so he does not have to be carried, he just likes it.
Teddy is waiting to meet you in cage T-4 and his ID# is 595878.
Agatha and Christie (below) are sisters, who would love to find a home together, but either one can be adopted alone.
Both girls are very sweet, but Agatha is a little more shy and Christie is more outgoing. They both sit and stay when asked and walk well on a leash. Overall they seem like really well behaved girls.
Agatha’s ID # is 595519 and they can be found together in cage 76.
Christie’s ID # is 595518 and they can be found together in cage 76.
am a yellow lab mix who is full of wiggles and bounces with a puppy-like charm that will instantly make you smile! I enjoy going for walks and would love a big yard to romp around in. I absolutely LOVE other doggies and would enjoy having a doggy friend in the home with me.
I am ready to be out and active, whether it be a run around the block or ball time in the yard. I enjoy meeting new people, including kids over 8! I don’t mind younger ones, but my puppy like charm tends to be too much for them. I am quite the entertainer and my funny antics are sure to make you laugh. Though I need to learn some of the basics, I am a quick learner and eager to gain more knowledge!
Jasper P. Moose is a year-old 55-pound Black and Tan Coonhound who is availabkle for adoption from American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue, Inc. in Canton, FL, though he is currently in a foster home in Atlanta.
Jasper was hit by a car and taken to a vet’s office where he received treatment but was never claimed. Moose runs and plays without any problem and would play fetch all day if he could! He is very loving and playful, in good weight between 50-60 lbs and currently peacefully co-exists with 2 cats and a senior dog. He is cratetrained, but earning more freedom in the house when his foster mom is away. Moose knows how to sit, lay down and shake and is learning “leave it.” He loves his toys and would love to have a doggie playmate in his new home.
Jasper is a sweet puppy who loves to play with his toys and give big hugs and kisses!!
Jasper is an 11-month old male Anatolian Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from Mini Paws Rescue Lilburn, GA. Jasper is playful and sweet. He is house broken, and small for his primary breed, Australian Shepard. Whatever he is mixed with must be a small dog, so he probably won’t grow much more. He weighs 15 pounds, neutered, up to date on all shots, microchipped, and great with dogs and kids.