Bolt the Dog Declared “Vicious”, Allowed to Live

Bolt

Bolt greets visitors at animal shelter where he awaits for execution in December 2012

TURLOCK-

A dog accused of biting two people in Turlock and sentenced to be euthanized will instead be given up to a rescue organization.

Last fall, Bolt, an Alaskan malamute, bit a woman, McKenzie Leedom, who was sleeping in the same home. Leedom reportedly needed several stitches to treat the wound.

During a hearing that followed, an animal control officer said there was a second report of Bolt biting another woman in the face. The City of Turlock then declared Bolt to be “vicious” and sentenced him to be euthanized at the end of last year.

However, Bolt’s owner, Daniel Mendonca, fought the ruling; a Facebook page earned 2,000 likes in support of Bolt and they succeeded in getting a stay of execution.

After weeks of back and forth, Mendonca and the City of Turlock reached a resolution this week.

Mendonca agreed to relinquish all ownership of Bolt to the city and pay all costs associated with the adoption by a rescue organization.

Turlock will allow Bolt to be adopted by a non-profit rescue organization. However, the organization cannot adopt the dog out to anyone in Stanislaus County, Daniel Mendonca, or anyone related to him. They must also inform the person adopting Bolt that the City of Turlock found him to be vicious and a public nuisance.

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