The Otero family is asking for a second chance for their dog, Zeus, a 2-year-old German Shepherd. In March, Zeus attacked a Verizon repairman outside of the Otero home. The man says that he was bitten in several spots including his crotch, knee, foot and back. He says he even suffered some nerve damage in one of his elbows.
After the incident, Zeus was placed in the custody of Sarasota County officials, and a judge has ordered that Zeus be put down this Friday. With time running out, the Oteros are asking the governor to help.
More on Zeus’s case after the jump.
From First Coast News:
“People on death row, murderers get a reprieve I assume you call it, from a death sentence, why not Zeus?” asked Ana Otero, Dog Owner.
The Oteros are also making a public appeal to Flick (the man that Zeus attacked) to help them save their dog, adding if Zeus is saved, they’ll be happy to turn him over to a trainer.
“He’ll leave the state. We’re willing to give him up as long as he can live. That’s all I’m asking,” said Ana Otero, Dog Owner.
Update: Here is a different news article that gives more details on the incident and says that the Verizon employee was INSIDE the house to inspect a telephone jack when Zeus bit the Verizon employee.
As Gilbert Otero let go of the dog, Zeus bounded up to the telephone worker and jumped on him. The telephone worker petted Zeus on the head and everything appeared to be fine, Ana Otero said.
However, seconds later, Zeus noticed a blue bag swinging from the worker’s tool belt, Ana Otero said.
“For some reason, that is when Zeus bit,” Ana Otero said. “I don’t know what triggered him. The initial bite was to his right elbow and I believe he was going for the bag.”
Zeus also bit the telephone worker below his belly, Ana Otero said.
“It wasn’t even a bite. The man didn’t need any stitches,” she said. “Most of them were scratches. The only puncture was at the elbow.”