This letter is in regards to Padi, the lab mix owned by an upstanding local veterinarian, Dr. Gartenberg. Padi is being held at Manatee County Animal Services on death row after biting a child that repeatedly threw toys at the dog and cornered him when the dog retreated to his safe spot under his owner's desk.
Padi has a loving, responsible family.
This community needs to know our county commissioners are working for us. Padi has literally thousands of supporters. Many people will mourn over this dog if he is killed.
This is cruel and very frightening to our county's pet owners. The dog will not suffer after the fact if he is indeed put down. However, people of this county (and beyond) will.
To our county commissioners, please free Padi now. If there is to be another hearing, at least show some humanity and let this family have their beloved pet home while waiting.