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Judge orders "Dangerous Dog" be surrendered to NE Humane Society

Posted at 5:33 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 19:46:05-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A dog that’s been deemed dangerous has residents in the Dundee neighborhood worried for their safety. The animal has bitten multiple people in a 3-year span. Some say the dog should be turned over to the Nebraska Humane Society where it would be put down, while the owner wants it back.

In Douglas County Court, the dog's owner, Kim Carter, pleaded no contest to harboring a dangerous animal and an unrestrained dog. Her attorney argued she should get the dog named “Polo” back because they were deemed minor incidents and she'll take every precaution to make sure it doesn't happen again.

In one day in 2017, Polo attacked three people including a teenage boy, and a woman walking a child in a stroller. The animal was deemed a dangerous dog in 2017 and continued to live at home.

In January 2020, a teenage girl was attacked while she was walking by the home near 52nd and Webster St. All the attacks were unprovoked.

The dog is now at the Nebraska Humane Society.

Douglas County Judge Marcena Hendrix ordered the dog be surrendered to the Humane Society.

“Too many people have been injured, too many measures could've been taken. It's too late now," Judge Hendrix explained.

Neighbor Tami Hauser says her son and husband were two of the people that Polo bit.

"We feel very relieved that our kids can once again play safely in the neighborhood and it was just unfortunate another child had to be attacked in order for that to happen,” Houser said.

The carters didn't want to comment after court and will appeal the decision. Kim Carter will be fined $1,000.

If the Nebraska Humane Society does take custody of the dangerous dog it will have to be euthanized.