Lex Luther, the fictional character and super villain that appears in DC comics. In April of 1940 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster the creators of Luther described him as “a power-mad, evil scientist” of incredible technological prowess. As he is the archenemy of Superman, his goals typically center on killing the Man of Steel, usually as a stepping stone to world domination. Though he periodically wears a powered exoskeleton, Luther has traditionally lacked superpowers or a dual identity.
Until, now meet Lex. The 1 year old Doberman Pinscher. Known as the goof, the flighty, and dopey; bundle of happy-go-lucky, joy. Unfortunate, events had put Lex in an Adoption program for mistreated, unwanted, and less fortunate Dobermans. According to Virginia’s Dangerous Dog Law one offense can cause the dog to be titled Dangerous Dog and be put down. Which is a complete shock to most people.
Lex lived with a wonderful family in Virginia behind a School, where he was bullied daily. The children would repeatedly knock on all the windows and doors; and torment the puppy by running in and out of the electric fenced yard, to watch the young dog bounce back from the electric shock. Many attempts had been made to contact the local police about this event, action was taken and the children were reprimanded, but that wasn’t the end. The family did their research and wanted to press criminal charges against the children for causing pain and ultimately abusing their dog.
When no follow through action was taken because the police did not see any abuse in the situation the Family gave up, but not long after did it all start again. The children from the school began knocking fiercely on the doors and windows when no one was home. The young dog took it all in stride. Being that at this time he was estimated to be about 11-13 months of age. The prime puppy play age.
Shortly, later within two weeks time. The family’s grandfather decided to bring the dog outside, while doing so one of the children ran through the backward screaming. An act of trespassing, and public nuisance. The dog immediately pulled his lead from the Grandfathers hands a bolted forward towards the girl knocking her down with his long clumsy legs. The girl began to roll around screaming on the ground, by this point Lex had already taken off back towards the home. To a puppy a play partner squealing high pitched is a sign to end the wrestling match because there has been an intolerant amount of pain endured.
But, the girl did not care she proceeded to get up from where she lay flailing like a fish trying to breath out of water; and exasperatedly called her mother out of breath and distraught to come and pick her up. Which the mother did. Upon, arriving the mother called the police the whole time yelling at the family that their dog tried to kill her daughter, a brutal and tragic misconception.
By the time it started it was all over, the police arrived had taken the girls statement and along came defeat, The Animal Control officer who had repeatedly tried to change the Dangerous Dog laws of Virginia now had the worst case she has ever endeavored. Following protocol she notified the family that their dog will need to be put on a form of doggy house arrest. Where they cannot leave the county lines, if the dog leaves the home it cannot be longer than a bathroom break and the dog must be muzzled when not in the confines of their home. The family was then told they needed to bring the dog to get a Rabies Titer and the dog will be put on quarantine until the Titer results are received by her and the arresting officer. All results came back negative ,but contrary to everyone’s speculation there is still one last step. Because the dog had hurt the little girl when he knocked her down the bruising on her arm was enough evidence for the state to go forward with a Dangerous Dog Proceeding. This means that the family that owns the dog goes before a judge while the judge determines if the dog will be deemed Dangerous. If the Dog is seen guilty it will be put into the local county kill shelter to await his 30 day adoption period where if he is not adopted they are euthanized, but if a dog is considered Dangerous adoption is not recommended and highly frowned upon. Leaving the dog on death row.
The family immediately became worried. What are they to do? What are their options? They wanted a second opinion, not that it could help but it can ease their minds and pain. For all the upcoming events. They called Expert Dog Trainer and Behaviorist Neil Hutchins. Neil runs a Doberman Pinscher Rescue out of New York and specializes in Training Service Dogs for the psychologically disabled and Problem Dogs, and Owners. When he got the plea for help he had no choice but to step in, being that the case involved a Doberman Puppy and some very confused Law makers. The court asked for full evaluations to be done by Neil which were completed and returned.
No issues where found, the Evaluation results revealed that this young dog, has hypertension, and hyperactivity, because the dog was not always exercised like he should have been. It can cause the dog to have pent up play energy, so when the girl ran across the backward screaming it triggered his play and prey drives to chase. But, as you know that did not end well. The court proceedings where continued despite the professional diagnosis.
With, no other options the family started asking questions, “Can we save him by sending him to an adoption agency or sanctuary out of state.” Where the dog laws will be different. They got now where being that it was November most Sanctuaries are full and would only take in the dog if the Family agreed to adopt one they already had, but the daughter wouldn’t have it. Being that the dog was her present and slept with her at night her eight year old mind just couldn’t fathom, how someone could take away her pride and joy. When the final decision came back that the court would allow them to release custody of the dog outside of the state, with a two day time limit they knew what they needed to do.
Driving eight hours one way to Carmel, New York. Was a challenge but the whole family agreed it was to help Lex. The dog that was rescued from a shelter at four months old and has committed no crimes in their eyes unless unwavering , infinitive love; happens to be criminal. There Road Trip wasn’t over Neil was not there, The Family called his cell phone to find out where he was. Not home he had gone to his extended family’s for the Christmas Holiday ; this didn’t even phase the family they began to drive an extra 2. To a small town on the Eastern side of Connecticut. Where they met Neil again.
The tears started to flow for everyone as the young girl wrapped her arms around Lex’s head and cried, mumbling soothing words into his ear to trying to smother away the pain. It wasn’t working. They introduced Lex to an old friend. As, part of his evaluation Lex needed to be tested on his manners with other dogs. So, when it got too hard to handle Neil figured some laughter would help with the separation. Latte Neil’s Training partner another Doberman Female, was introduced again and the two started to wrestle, chase, and bark. Hopping around like wild Gazelle and prancing around like Friesians. The two where peas in a pod immediately inseparable. No one could believe their eyes a sight to see for sure. The young girl asked her mother for the video camera so she could have some last minute moments to always remember. She filmed for a while then reached out to her dad and with a big smile and said “I’m ready Lex will be happy here.”
Later, that week Neil received a phone call informing him that the Dangerous Dog cases was put to rest with a guilty verdict. So all the family’s travels proved reasonable because they managed to save the thing that was most precious to them.
For your State’s Dangerous Dog Laws contact your local Animal Control Officer.