Waynesboro Pit Bull on Dangerous Dog Registry Finds New Home
A volunteer group helped bail out a Waynesboro pit bull that was confined for eight months. Peanut the pit bull now has a home in Northern Virginia, but lives under several restrictions and carries the label of "dangerous dog." Police say that's for the best.
In April, Peanut killed a neighborhood cat and a month later, his owner pleaded guilty to owning a dangerous animal. The dog narrowly avoided being put down and has settled into a home two hours away. But the stigma will always follow him.
Virginia Paws for Pits raised close to $2,000 to help get Peanut released from the regional animal pound. During appeals and delays in his owner's court case, the dog was in special confinement because of his "dangerous" designation.
"He went from the concrete cell out to a little 20-by-20 fenced-in area with gravel," said Page Hearn with Virginia Paws for Pits.
A Waynesboro judge ruled that Peanut had to move outside the city. Over the weekend, he finally found a home in Stafford County, with his former owner's mother.
"She's got several dogs of her own, and he came home like he'd never left. He's doing great with all the dogs and loving it, loving life, running around in a yard with grass," Hearn said.
But his new home must be marked with warning signs and carry $100,000 in dangerous-dog insurance. Any trip outside must be supervised and muzzled. And he'll be listed in a statewide, public database of notorious canines.
"The dangerous dog registry is equated to the sex offender registry. These are not dogs we want to lose track of," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with Waynesboro Police. "It's our hope that even though Peanut has left our area, we don't want to pass our problem on to another locality.
Police in Waynesboro and Stafford County have been working together on Peanut's living and legal arrangements. But his supporters believe part of this is pit bull profiling.
"I'm confident in saying if it were any other breed of dog, he wouldn't have been required to leave the city," Hearn said.
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