Fort Worth Woman Settles Dog Suit, Saves Pets

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    A Fort Worth woman whose dogs were seized by the city as dangerous animals agrees to restrictions such as keeping the animals on a leash, keeping them inside and getting muzzles. (Published Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012)

    A Fort Worth woman will get her two pit bulls back after agreeing to comply with "dangerous dog" rules.

    Rana Soluri sued the city of Fort Worth after her dogs, Lilo and Stitch, were seized and labeled "dangerous dogs."

    Lilo and Stitch Saved

    [DFW] Lilo and Stitch Saved
    A Fort Worth woman has saved her dogs Lilo and Stitch from euthanasia, she came to an agreement with the city about her dogs who were deemed "dangerous." (Published Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012)

    She claims the city's dangerous dog ordinance is unconstitutional.

    The city seized the dogs after a neighbor complained about the dogs, saying they loose, ran into her yard and threatened her.

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    A Fort Worth woman has filed suit in Tarrant County, saying the city's dog ordinance allows owners to appeal orders to seize animals although there is no appeals court to hear such cases. (Published Monday, Nov 5, 2012)

    The dogs did not bite or hurt anyone.

    A judge declared the dogs dangerous after the neighbor signed an affidavit indicating she felt threatened.

    Soluri's attorney said his client was forced to comply with a list of restrictions -- including posting signs about the dogs and putting muzzles on the dogs when they were out -- because the city said it would euthanize the dogs if they didn't come to a settlement.

    The city said it has 1,400 dog bite cases every year and stands behind the ordinance.

    Soluri has 15 days to comply with the rules and pay $2,700 in shelter fees.

    As soon as she complies, the city will return the dogs.