San Antonio judge: Buddy the Dog to stay alive while appeal pursued


by Andrew Delgado /

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- An agreement has finally been reached in the case of Buddy the Dog -- the local canine with a precarious fate.

A judge ruled Friday that Buddy would not be destroyed whilst his owners pursued an appeal.

Buddy has been in the custody of Animal Care Services since last November, after the dog allegedly attacked a young girl at a San Antonio apartment complex. 

On Dec. 11, 2013, a local judge ruled that the dog be euthanized.

However, Buddy's owners' lawyer, Michelle Maloney, filed a temporary restraining order while an appeal on the December decision could be pursued.

According to Maloney, Buddy had no history of aggressive behavior.

Earlier this week, Judge Cathleen Stryker extended the temporary restraining order for three more days, granting Buddy a momentary breather after city attorneys attempted to have the restraining order dissolved.

Several grassroots efforts have sprung up to help Buddy and his owners.

One petition, 'San Antonio: Don't Execute Buddy The Dog!,' is seeking  a permanent reprieve for the dog. It was set up online and has received over 2,100 signatures.

"In just 48 hours, we have collected over 2000 signatures, begging the courts to spare Buddy's precious life," Jennifer Blachly, a local activist told KENS 5. "We hope this helps the judge consider his decision carefully."

Blachly hopes the petition, and several calls to city officials, will result in Buddy being able to return home to his owners.

In addition, a fund has been set up to help with Buddy's legal costs.