Manatee commissioners forward 'threatening emails' in dog case to law enforcement

November 19, 2013 

MANATEE -- Manatee County commissioners Tuesday said they had forwarded threatening emails to law enforcement officials about two dogs in county custody who attacked a young boy.

The county is holding the two dogs while appeals about court-ordered euthanasia proceed.

“It’s physically threatening us as commissioners,” said Commissioner Carol Whitmore during the board's meeting.

She cited one of thousands of recent email messages she has received, which said, "I truly hope someone rips you people limb from limb for what you're doing to those two dogs."

The email came from a woman in Canada, Whitmore said.

Commissioners and county officials have been inundated with thousands of emails and petitions berating them for a court decision they have no power to change.

The dog's owner has appealed lower court rulings, and the case now is awaiting a decision by a three-judge panel at the 2nd District Court of Appeal, said Manatee County Attorney Mickey Palmer.

In the meantime, the two dogs remain at the county animal shelter, both in good health, said Ronald Koper Jr., director of the Manatee County Department of Public Safety, in a report to the commissionTuesday.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745 7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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