Archive for Sunday, July 2, 1995


July 2, 1995


The Lawrence Humane Society wants to destroy a dog it says is too dangerous to be returned to its family.

A Lawrence woman and her lawyer are scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court in a last-ditch effort to save a 1 1/2-year-old Rottweiler mix named Maggie from destruction by the Lawrence Humane Society.

The woman, Kelli Jackson, said on Saturday that unless she could raise enough money to carry on the legal battle, a "no" answer from the judge may end her effort to save the dog, which has been at the Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St., since April.

The dog had been scheduled to be destroyed June 2, but Jackson's lawyer, Vera Gannaway, obtained a restraining order from Douglas County District Judge Paula B. Martin.

Jim Postma, a lawyer for the Humane Society, filed a motion to overturn the order.

The case began when Jackson, who lives in the Sunset Hills neighborhood west of Iowa Street, wanted to start a day-care operation in her home. Before she could get her license, she had to get rabies and other shots for Maggie.

Jackson's husband was unemployed at the time and the family couldn't afford the $45 shots, so Maggie was taken to the Humane Society to be put up for adoption. Jackson said she understood that she would get the dog back if it were not adopted, she said.

After a few weeks, though, Maggie had not been adopted. The Jacksons now had the money for the shots and wanted to re-adopt Maggie, but by then, the Humane Society had determined that Maggie was too aggressive to be re-adopted by the Jacksons, who have three children.

"That really shocked me because she never showed any signs of aggressiveness around us," Jackson said. "The only thing I can think of is that she doesn't like where she's at."

Jackson said that when she visited Maggie at the pound, the dog appeared to have lost weight.

Maggie is about 3/4 Rottweiler and weighs between 70 pounds and 80 pounds, Jackson said. Parents of children at her day-care operation did not express concern about Maggie, who was usually kept in the garage during day-care hours, she said.

Don Fisher, president of the Lawrence Humane Society, declined comment on the case.

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