Duba, a Belgian Shepherd dog of the northern city of Carmiel, went out for a walk one evening with her owner, and according to a man who was running with his daughter in the park – attacked him.
Duba’s owner rejects the claim that the dog took a bite out of the man’s finger, and barked after him out of a personal vendetta.
Despite eyewitness reports that there was no contact between the dog and the complainant, the Carmiel Director of Veterinary Services issued an impound order on the dog for ten days, in accordance with the law – to be enacted within 24 hours of order being issued.
After the receiving the order, the family turned to Attorney Sivan Zevulun-Neve, who works for animal rights, and begged her to help them. Zevulun-Neve submitted a request on their behalf to the Magistrate’s Court of Haifa to stop the order.
The attorney requested that the impound order be carried out at home, under the supervision of an appropriate veterinarian.
Attorney Zevulun-Neve claimed, during her request, that the daughter of the family, and the dog’s owner, is sick with cancer, and relies on the dog to help her deal with her sickness.
The attorney also pointed out that witnesses at the scene of the incident point out that the dog did not bite the complainant, and that she is vaccinated, so there is no chance she is infected with rabies.
Justice Aharon Sadeh, of Haifa, accepted the family’s request, and ruled that the dog be placed under “house arrest” for ten days, under the care of her owners and a qualified verinarian.
Sadeh, when he made his decision: “I found that the requesters alternative was worthy, save, does not endanger the public, and balances the different interests.”