Dog gets second chance after city planned to put him down for killing pets in St. Albans

A 4-year-old mixed breed bully named Moose from St. Albans is getting a second chance at life after a Highgate woman stepped in to save him.Moose’s previous owner, Benjamin Haskell, lived around Lake Street, where Moose got out many times and had attacked multiple neighbors’ pets. On one occasion, the dog injured rabbits and killed one while leaving marks on the owner who tried to save it. A few weeks later, Moose killed more than 20 chickens.St. Albans City Council decided last week that, for Moose, they would follow the city ordinance, allowing them to humanely put down an animal if it attacked a person or pet unprovoked.”The council is always going to air on the side of public safety, “Dominic Cloud, St. Albans City Manager, said. “We’ve done this two or three times over the last 10 years, and there’s never been somebody who’s stepped forward and offered this alternative.”Highgate resident Courtney O’Brien, a volunteer with For The Love Of Dogs Vermont, has taken Moose into her home for the next 30 days. During the next four weeks, O’Brien and the nonprofit will try to find a place out-of-state or in Southern Vermont that can take Moose. He can not return to the City of St. Albans.”I feel so sad for the group of people who lost their animals,” O’Brien said. “needed to make sure they kept the city members safe and Moose living in the city wasn’t going to do that.”O’Brien believes that Moose was acting on natural instincts and had no idea that what he was doing was wrong. She added that Moose should not lose the chance to find a home that is right for his needs.”As soon as I picked him up, he gave me the biggest kiss,” O’Brien said. “He’s great with my dogs, great with my kids, great with my husband. He just wants to be loved.”Applications to adopt Moose are currently being accepted.

A 4-year-old mixed breed bully named Moose from St. Albans is getting a second chance at life after a Highgate woman stepped in to save him.

Moose’s previous owner, Benjamin Haskell, lived around Lake Street, where Moose got out many times and had attacked multiple neighbors’ pets.

On one occasion, the dog injured rabbits and killed one while leaving marks on the owner who tried to save it. A few weeks later, Moose killed more than 20 chickens.

St. Albans City Council decided last week that, for Moose, they would follow the city ordinance, allowing them to humanely put down an animal if it attacked a person or pet unprovoked.

“The council is always going to air on the side of public safety,” Dominic Cloud, St. Albans City Manager, said. “We’ve done this two or three times over the last 10 years, and there’s never been somebody who’s stepped forward and offered this alternative.”

Highgate resident Courtney O’Brien, a volunteer with For The Love Of Dogs Vermont, has taken Moose into her home for the next 30 days.

During the next four weeks, O’Brien and the nonprofit will try to find a place out-of-state or in Southern Vermont that can take Moose. He cannot return to the City of St. Albans.

“I feel so sad for the group of people who lost their animals,” O’Brien said. “[The City Council] needed to make sure they kept the city members safe and Moose living in the city wasn’t going to do that.”

O’Brien believes that Moose was acting on natural instincts and had no idea that what he was doing was wrong. She added that Moose should not lose the chance to find a home that is right for his needs.

“As soon as I picked him up, he gave me the biggest kiss,” O’Brien said. “He’s great with my dogs, great with my kids, great with my husband. He just wants to be loved.”

Applications to adopt Moose are currently being accepted.

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