Justice for Bosco


I cannot look at a picture of Bosco without smiling.  He is the epitome of a blocky-headed, tipped eared, hanging jowled kind of pit bull terrier type dog.  In his picture he looks happy.  He looks goofy.  He looks like a dog who knows and loves a good game of ball.   But right now, in person, I think he probably looks scared and confused.  And he should.  Because Bosco’s future is extremely uncertain.  Today he is in a cold and dark county facility, instead in the loving care he has come to know.

Bosco was picked up as a stray on October 18th by the Lucas County Canine Care and Control in Toledo.  He received his rabies immunization and was transferred to the Lucas County Pit Crew on October 29th.  (We have a relationship with both Lucas County Canine Care and Control and the Lucas County Pit Crew, because our beloved Turtle came to us through their efforts.  We have this incredible dog in our lives because these agencies believed in her. But back to Bosco……)

On December 23rd (just a short week ago) Bosco was adopted.  Three days later Bosco was taken to a relative’s house, where he was jumping up and counter surfing.  According to his adopter, he was told to get down, “touched” on the back, and then had his collar forcibly grabbed.  In response, he turned and bit the wrist of the hand that was restraining him.

We could get into all the things that the adopters did wrong that set this situation up, but it really doesn’t matter.  The fact is that Bosco broke skin and caused a minor wound that required a trip to the hospital and two stitches.  That is not ok, but it happens.  It happens every day, and with less provocation than Bosco had.

The adopters contacted the Pit Crew and asked to return Bosco as they no longer trusted him. (I think he had probably lost trust in them as well). Within an hour Bosco had been picked up and taken to a foster in the same county as the bite occurred for a mandatory 10-day bite quarantine.  (it is a requirement of Ohio law that the dog be quarantined for 10 days in the county where the bite occurred).  Having the dog complete this sentence in a home is not uncommon.  With little effort I was able to find dozens of examples of dogs being allowed to complete quarantine at home.  In fact, it appears to be standard operating procedure in that community.  There is no state law requiring that quarantine be completed in a city or county facility.

But here’s where the situation gets sticky.

Pit Crew director Jean Keating was contacted by Fulton County Health Department on Monday morning of this week.  They were asking for the address where the dog was being held, and stated that they wanted the dog to complete his quarantine at the county pound. Ms. Keating referred them to the Pit Crew’s attorney. Eventually a warrant was issued, and Bosco was forcibly removed from his foster home and taken to the pound.

The dog warden for Fulton County is currently involved in litigation with the Pit Crew and other dog advocates for his alleged failure to complete his job appropriately.  There is also on-going grass-roots efforts to investigate the operations of the county pound and to advocate for change which has been led by the Pit Crew.  The pound has had a history of being less than fair in their dealings with pit bull terrier type dogs.  This is a dangerous place for Bosco to be.

Frankly, we are afraid for Bosco’s life.  https://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/12/31/Seized-dog-could-spark-legal-fight.html

People are afraid that Bosco will be killed because of his breed.  And we can’t allow that to happen. Bosco deserves to be treated in the exact same way as any other dog who has caused a minor bite injury.  He does NOT deserve to be the target of inappropriate discrimination because of how he looks.

The Pit Crew is also concerned that Bosco might be killed just to get back at them for their efforts to hold the pound to a higher standard.

This is important…please like the Lucas County Pit Crew page and help them spread the word about Bosco.  If enough of us shine a light on the situation, it makes it much harder to kill Bosco without due process.

This beautiful dog does not deserve to die because of human error or human hatred.  Please…..help us find Justice for Bosco.  Email Jeff Crisenbery at jeff.crisenbery@odh.ohio.gov and request Bosco be quarantined in the safety of an LCPC foster home.

And for those who wonder exactly how humans failed this dog, all you have to do is look at recommendations for a newly adopted dog:

  • Allow the dog to quietly settle in to his new home for at least a couple of weeks before taking him elsewhere.
  • Do not overwhelm a dog by introducing him to numerous new people all at once.  One new introduction a day is a good rule of thumb at first.
  • Be calm and patient when dealing with inappropriate behavior.
  • Remember that we do not know a stray dog’s history, or what abuse has been inflicted on him.  Yelling, hitting and grabbing a strange dog is never a good idea.

Bosco was never given a chance to settle in and decompress before being dragged to another strange location and then inappropriately disciplined. Of course he reacted.

Humans have failed Bosco repeatedly….let’s not let it happen again.







12 thoughts on “Justice for Bosco

  1. The other reason newly adopted dogs of any breed need that initial ‘introductory time’ in their new home, is to give them time to love you and trust you. It doesn’t happen for them immediately or automatically. It doesn’t for many human relationships, either. It takes time.
    That time afforded the dog and the human, allows that bond to develop and grow. I would never have grabbed my rescue dog by the collar or anywhere else, in those first few weeks I had her. I bet if Bosco had been given more time, that bite might not have happened.

    I hope enough public information helps publicize Bosco’s situation so he can be properly housed, and trained. He doesn’t deserve to be inappropriately punished or treated because humans failed him.


    1. Positive Reinforcement Training 101. I honestly do not think ANY pit bull should be adopted out to anybody who does not know basics of this dog training. They should also know about settling in; other animal intro; etc. However, I recall placing a dog once. It was a small, middle aged gentle dog for an 8 yr. old. I explained many times about settling in; that the dog must have a safe place to go to be alone- be patient let the dog go to her, and she will have a best friend for life. Against my advice, the dog was brought to her straight from the vet after spaying! I dropped my plans, went over, and explained the dog would not be able to play for awhile. I sat and spoke 1-1 with her. (I was not authorized to take the dog). The dog was returned less than 1 day later “because the dog would not play”. All references, home visits etc. were done. Yes, the owner of the rescue did make an error. Actually another larger one which is why I left. But the volunteers? I guaranteed I spent a LOT of time with that family to assure a good placement.


    1. Bosco seems like a great dog, and I don’t see why they even got involved in the first place, something really needs to be done, please help Bosco.


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