WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A vicious dog sentenced to death nine months ago, may be getting a second chance at life. On Monday, the West Des Moines City Council will vote to decide what to do with the pitbull formerly known as Killer. Killer now goes by the name of “Jimmy” under his new owner.
The dog was involved in three biting incidents dating back to November 2013. Over the course of nine months, the city and the owner have come up with a settlement agreement. Council members say the council will likely vote in favor to put the agreement in place.
The agreement outlines the dog must be evaluated by a trainer in Runnels at the Rover’s Ranch Dog Park and Training Center. The city would then follow the trainer’s recommendation as to whether the dog is vicious and should be put down. City councilman, Jim Sandager, says the settlement is fair and has the issue of safety in mind.
“I would never forgive myself if this dog has been released and attacks a young child, I would never forgive myself. We, the council, believe this is an appropriate action for both the dog and for the public safety.”
If the city council approves the settlement, the dog’s owner must drop all lawsuits against the city.