Spartacus, a 5-year-old mastiff, is in jail. He is being held in a New York City animal shelter because his owner refuses to have him neutered. When his owner’s truck was broken into, Spartacus escaped. His owner contacted the police and found out that his dog was at an animal shelter in Brooklyn.
When Spartacus’s owner went to the shelter, he was told that New York City law requires that all dogs and cats brought to its shelters are spayed or neutered before being returned to their owners. He refused to neuter Spartacus because his dog helps out on his farm and he believes that it’s immoral and wrong, and he wants to also breed his dog.
More on Spartacus and his owner’s fight to get him out of jail after the jump.
Spartacus’s owner sued the city of New York and he won, but the city has appealed his case.
“Here we are going to court again,” Geogoutsos (Spartacus’s owner) said, “They’re going to great lengths to neuter my dog.”
Georgoutsos is citing exemptions to the city’s neutering law, particularly one where the life of a “dog or cat would be endangered by sterilization.”
Georgoutsos said his veterinarian told the shelter sterilizing Spartacus will harm his health but the shelter did not agree.
O’Brien Ahlers said “the veterinarians who have examined this dog do not find that the exemption would apply in this case.”
“They’re interpreting the law their own way,” Georgoutsos said, “There’s nothing in the law about the vet certifying to the satisfaction of the shelter.”
But he said the shelter is not satisfied that his dog working on his farm qualifies him as a “service dog.”
Spartacus is still being held at the animal shelter pending the results of the case.