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My dog has been deemed a dangerous dog because she bit

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My dog has been deemed a dangerous dog because she bit another dog, My town is making us euthanize her. We can appeal. Is it worth it to appeal? We do not want her to die but also do not have a lot of money.

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Massachusetts

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

We had a town meeting and were told we had to euthanize. This was the first time she has been before the town.

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She has had dog fights before but once she was leashed. No dog died and she has never bit a person.

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

Ultimately the decision is yours, but yes if you do have the option to appeal and you would like to contest the order to have your dog euthanized, then you can consider filing the appeal.

Have you checked into the option of a pro bono lawyer to help with this?

A pro bono lawyer would actually take your case for free, so that you have no out of pocket costs.

If this is something you'd like to look into, you can contact the Massachusetts State Bar and ask for a referral to a pro bono lawyer in your area.

The phone number is:

(866) MASS-LRS

The lawyer should be able to file the appeal on your behalf, and hopefully win this case for your family.

I hope that helps!

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I called the number you provided but they do not have any pro bono lawyers. Do you have another number I could try?

I'm sorry to hear that the State Bar was not able to locate a pro bono attorney in your area.

You could try the state's Legal Aid Services.

Here is the phone number:

(###) ###-####/p>

I hope they'll be able to help you, good luck!

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