Support for Colorado Pitbull in trouble coming from around world

Posted By elaine on August 15, 2012

Picture taken of "Dre" before he was impounded. (Photo: Save Dre website)

Picture taken of "Dre" before he was impounded. (Photo: Save Dre website)

BRIGHTON – The story of a dog in Brighton named ‘Dre’ has gone viral. Tens of thousands of people across the country are expressing their support for Dre and his family.

According to a report done by our sister station, 9News in Denver, Dre has been in quarantine for more than a week and is facing possible euthanasia.

On July 26, the 6-year-old pit bull along with another other family dog, a Doberman, escaped from their home in Brighton.

Someone called animal control and 911.

The Doberman was released back to the family when the dogs were captured, but Dre was taken to the animal shelter.

The entire police report was not released to 9NEWS Monday and police wouldn’t comment, citing that this incident is now an “active court case.”

However, the incident report states it was a “vicious animal running at large.”

Dre’s owners, Mary and Rick O’Brian, say they’ve never had any problems – if they did, they wouldn’t have their four young kids around their two dogs.

Marj Fredrick lives two doors down from the O’Briens. She says she knew they had two dogs but says there have never been any issues. She’s shocked by what’s going on.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Fredrick said. “It’s a fairly quite friendly neighborhood. I have never heard anything bad about the dogs around here.”

Since the incident, more than 42,000 people have signed a petition to “Save Dre.” The signatures come from all over, stretching as far the United Kingdom, Portugal, Brazil and Poland.

A Facebook page has also been created that now has more than 6,000 supporters.

The O’Brien’s have since hired a lawyer and couldn’t comment Monday, but Mary O’Brien sent 9NEWS the following statement:

“Dre is a wonderful dog with my children. I have [a] 2-year-old, 4-year-old and 12-year-old girls, and Dre has been a great pet to them. I just want him back with our family. My children miss him so much.”

Pit bulls have been banned in several cities including Denver and Aurora. However, Brighton does not have the same policy.

(Photo: Facebook "Save Dre)

(Photo: Facebook "Save Dre)

Dre remains in an animal shelter in Adams County. He’s been there for almost two weeks and will remain there until his court date that was scheduled for last week, but was moved at the family’s request.   The trial was moved to Aug. 21.    They asked for a jury trial, and therefore, the date had to be rescheduled.   Dre the dog will remain in quarantine until then.  There is a rally planned for Dre today in Brighton.

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One Response to “Support for Colorado Pitbull in trouble coming from around world”

  1. Brittany says:

    This is sad honestly while I don’t trust the breed enough to have one in my own family I know a couple that are awesome dogs. I like wise know MANY families in my neighborhood who actually SHOULD be cited for these animals as they are OFTEN left to roam and not kept well or are chained to a post and left. These are the kind of dog owners that give the breed the bad name it does have. It’s obvious from the pictures alone that this dog is loved and well cared for. Why in the world are they taking them to court?

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