On Monday morning, February 13, District 11 Judge Diana Bull granted a stay of euthanization in the case of the Daniff Mastiff named Echo, who was scheduled by the Ark-Valley Humane Society (AVHS) to be put down on Tuesday, February 14.
A court hearing on the case has been scheduled for Thursday, February 23 at which time Bull will rule on whether the dog can be released either to Shawn and Sophia Vrooman or to some form of foster-training care.
Ryan Drengler, attorney for the Vroomans has been in touch with the AVHS attorney regarding what options might be acceptable to get Echo moved out of the space he is in at AVHS, reportedly with plans to submit a proposal by the end of the week.
AVHS is a Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) facility. According to measurements of the dog, and the stated bit-quarantine kennel size, it does not appear that the space meets PACFA (Pet Animal Care Facility Act) kennel size requirements for a giant dog.
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Why hasn’t. AVV published the press release and various letters (one from Ben Hill the Vet) regarding Echo. You appear to be publishing a one sided story.
We have done covwra of the AVHS press releases: If you’re reading AVV Don, you would have seen this February 12 news story: https://arkvalleyvoice.com/ark-valley-humane-society-responds-regarding-the-case-of-echo/
We can’t publish any letters that are not sent to us, and we have received nothing from Ben Hill.
Hi Jan … many thanks to you for helping Echo and his “parents” get the word out about a tragedy that had been set in motion. I AM SO GRATEFUL to read about the stay of euthanasia granted by Judge Diana Bull. I live in Longmont, CO, now, but grew up in Salida. I happened to see your article on a news app. I wasn’t sure how I could help from here, but did contact a Mastiff Rescue and PETA and requested their help.
I want to convey that my view about Echo extends from a personal and painful experience. My 13 year old husky, Blaze, was attacked by a 100+ lb pit bull that had gotten out of his fenced yard. To my heart’s fortune, Blaze made it through … with almost losing an eye and 300 stitches in his chest. Key is that this attack was completely unexpected as we hadn’t perceived any aggressive behavior by this dog when walking on the public path behind his yard on several occasions. His owners were in disbelief as well and paid for all of Blaze’s vet care without hesitation. When asked our wishes by Animal Control, we advocated behavior training and a secured gate to prevent any future incidents. Putting someone’s beloved pet down was not the answer.