Non–Profit Group Volunteers To Take Fletch, Dog Involved In Knox County Legal Battle


UPDATED: Monday March 24, 2014 5:27 PM

The battle over a dog at the Knox County Animal Shelter took another turn on Monday, but the animal’s future still may be up in the air.

A legal battle over Fletch started last week. The mixed lab was being held at the Knox County Animal Shelter.

A man says he wants to take Fletch, but the dog warden said he was legally obligated to euthanize Fletch after he snatched a treat from the hand of a child and scratched her while the dog shelter.

Animal activists filed an injunction Friday to try to save Fletch.  A judge ordered him to be spared until he renders a decision.

The Knox County Commissioners on Monday said they may have a solution.

The Commissioners said a non-profit group called The Tank Fund has volunteered to take Fletch.  The Tank Fund is an organization that trains assistance dogs.  Commissioners said under Ohio law they can give up the dog to this organization.

But there’s a catch…

On Friday, the court ordered Fletch into temporary custody of a person not involved in the lawsuit. Since Fletch is no longer in county custody, he can’t be handed over to The Tank Fund.

The court has yet to comment on the situation.

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