Owner of dog that bit mail carrier still seeking haven

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Contrary to a report from neighbors at a weekend party for Choi – included in an article Sunday in the Daily Breeze – Chucky has not been euthanized. The dog remains at the Carson Animal Shelter until Torrance officials decide what should be done with him. Owner Ryan Brennan has until Friday to find an animal sanctuary that will take the dog, which was deemed vicious by the city of Torrance at a public hearing on Sept 10. If no acceptable placement is found, the white-and-brindle pit bull will be destroyed. “I won’t let that happen,” said 23-year-old Brennan. “I’m going to find a sanctuary.” Brennan said he found a Los Angeles-based nonprofit facility that rehabilitates and rescues dogs, but he is waiting to hear whether the owner will take Chucky. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER More than five weeks after the dog that mauled a Torrance letter carrier was declared a danger to the community, no decisions have been made about his fate. But time is running out for Chucky, the 100-pound pit bull that bit 60-year-old postman Moon Choi. If his dog is accepted, Brennan said he would have to pay the facility $1,700 to retrain the pit bull. And that’s on top of the $600 Brennan will owe the Carson Animal Shelter by the end of the month for housing his dog. Torrance Animal Control officials said they would approve Chucky going to the facility on a temporary basis, but that eventually a permanent sanctuary must be found. “When we talked with the facility they said there was a possibility that they might be able to take Chucky from the (Carson) shelter and then find a sanctuary for him,” said Patrick Wren, Torrance Animal Control administrator. “But if (the facility) can’t find a sanctuary, then the ball is back in Mr. Brennan’s court to find a sanctuary.” If Brennan doesn’t find a place to house Chucky by Friday, he can buy more time by appealing to the City Council. “We’re coming up on a deadline here,” Wren said. The problem for Brennan is that the Torrance hearing officer ordered that Chucky never be released from a sanctuary for adoption. And most sanctuaries rehabilitate abused or abandoned animals for that purpose. “Chucky will never see new owners,” Wren said. “We have to make sure he doesn’t get adopted.” Chucky was taken away from Brennan Aug. 20 after he jumped over a fence and bit Choi in the face when he came to deliver mail on Amapola Avenue. On Saturday, residents of the neighborhood held a party for Choi and presented the popular mail carrier with a fluffy white puppy to show their support. megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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