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article imageLexus Project seeks attorney in Colorado to save ‘Sniper’ Special

By Ernest Dempsey     May 24, 2012 in World
Grand Junction - The Lexus Project, a non-profit working for helping dogs in trouble, is seeking an attorney in Colorado, US, for legal intervention in the case of a dog sitting on death row.
‘Sniper’ is a mix-breed dog sitting on death row at the Mesa County Animal Control, Colorado, as he was involved in chasing and fatally injuring a cat. The dog’s owner Amber Pena, of Grand Junction in Colorado, tells that on April 7th her neighbor’s cat came into her yard where it caught attention of her dogs Sniper and Xander. The dogs chased the cat as it ran back into the neighbor’s yard where it was bitten by the dogs and had to be rushed to the vet. The cat was put to sleep at the vet’s and animal control took both dogs into their custody.
Latre, the animal control released Xander to go home. But Sniper was detained and declared dangerous so as to be euthanized. Though Amber took the decision to trail, she lost. Now she wants Sniper to be safe because he was only protecting his territory and is not a vicious dog. An earlier article about the incident says that Amber Pena accepted the responsibility for not muzzling Sniper as she was required to, thus leading to the recent incident.
“It was an accident and Sniper was just acting out of his natural instinct,” says Larisa Scharikin, media coordinator at the Lexus Project. “We don’t have much time and we are still looking for an attorney in Colorado to help with this case.”
Scharikin tells that The Lexus Project needs an attorney willing to work either pro-bono or at a low cost because the project’s legal costs all are dependent on donations from caring people. Donations are currently being accepted for Sniper at his facebook page (
Case Update: The Lexus Project has just conveyed that they have dropped the case because they have been unable to get an attorney; no attorney wants to defend Sniper on account of prior incidence involving the dog. The donating page has accordingly been taken off. This in effect means that Sniper is going to be euthanized unless the owner can find an attorney and a sanctuary to take the dog in.
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