my Goddaughter was summons for a dog nuisance standard,in compliance with the City's Ordinance. however, while the Ordinance cites "owner" of dog/cat or home; she is neither and told the Judge this when she pled "not guilty" I am disabled/homebound with brain injury/epilepsy and cannot drive pets to Vet so she does that and lists herself as contact to arrange pickup, for instance . my belief is she was "selected" by Complainant as "owner" to be summons as she has been on Probation before for marijuana possession,thus the "responsible" actions of owner has a better chance of being implied as "lesser" than my own..be that as it may..she is now awaiting a Pretrail date, while already scheduled for Trial
In light of Animal Control 10 times coming to the house to verify/refute complaints
, and zero times confirming any such complaint, i'd expect her "motion" to dismiss the case (added to the aforementioned "ownership" snafu - she has lived here three separate times in the 4 years i've owned the house
The ten visits, since June 2012 thru June 2013, inclusive, coincide with a new housing area being opened/construction of houses removing habitat - and whitetail deer often taking refuge in the greenbelt, abutting our fence
as I read it, as she is charged, I can be a "witness" as the lone individual seeing the animals when they are outside, and the one being briefed when Animal Control comes to the house
Please advise..she was not given an option of requesting court
appointed attorney (as i said, likely not required) but if this "pretrial session" is to "make motions and provide witness list"..is the Complainant (Ordinance puts onus of proof upon them) required to attend?