A Second Chance For Ozzy

OzzyOzzy, a 7-year-old German shepard, was sentenced by a judge to be euthanized for “the safety of the public” for biting a 7-year-old boy and then 3 weeks later biting an animal shelter employee. It didn’t seem like there was any hope for Ozzy.

Except now the officials at a correctional facility in Delaware want to hire Ozzy to be a patrol dog. Ozzy would join the K-9 unit but would not have any contact with any people. If he is given this second chance, Ozzy would be following in the footsteps of his father who was a Philadelphia Police K9 dog.

5 Responses to “A Second Chance For Ozzy”

  1. Gary says:

    These articles never say what the kid did to the dog. Some kids can be vicious, kicking, hitting the face etc.

  2. k says:

    Hope it works out for Ozzy!

  3. EmilyS says:

    why on earth would anyone want to use a dog KNOWN to bite people as a patrol dog?
    do the police WANT dogs with a propensity to bite people, including kids?

    There are thousands of great dogs… who have never and would never bite a person.. killed every day in this country.

    Why the excuses for THIS dog?

  4. DaveG says:

    The news item clearly stated that he would not have contact with people (presumably meaning “the public”) in his new unit.

    As for “why the excuses”, why the rush to euthanize a fully-grown, 7-year-old dog based on two bite incidents if he’s never exhibited such behaviors previously? I realize that it’s probably a minority viewpoint, but I will always be opposed to automatic assumptions that a dog is too dangerous to be allowed to live the first time he bites someone.

    GSDs are not dogs for careless, inattentive owners or those who are unfamiliar with the breed. If they aren’t well-trained and don’t feel like they have a job to do, the results often aren’t pretty. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more to this story besides a “dog with a propensity to bite people”, and I’m glad he’s getting another chance.

  5. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Update On A Second Chance For Ozzy says:

    […] a German shepard, was going to be euthanized for biting a boy, but a correctional facility wanted to give Ozzy a second chance and use him as a patrol dog. His fate depended on if the judge […]


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