The fate of a 6-year-old pit bull in Hannibal will apparently be determined by City Manager Jeff LaGarce.
David Taylor of Hannibal, whose dog, Moose, was declared a “dangerous dog” last week by Police Chief Lyndell Davis, submitted a letter of appeal at city hall on Tuesday morning. Taylor had five working days from the May 9 ruling to request a hearing.
According to city guidelines, a hearing with LaGarce will convened within 10 working days of the written appeal’s arrival at city hall. As of Tuesday afternoon, no hearing date had been scheduled, according to Taylor.
Taylor initially planned to submit a hearing request last Friday, but had a change of heart when he could not find a local insurance agent willing to provide the liability insurance of at least $100,000 for injury, death or property damage that is required by the city of anyone who owns or keeps an animal that has been deemed “dangerous.”
Taylor said Tuesday he has found a company online that will provide the necessary coverage.
“We’re covered. I’ve already paid for it. I’m just waiting for the papers,” he said.
Lt. John Zerbonia of the Police Department said Monday that Taylor had seven calendar days from when he was served the dangerous dog notice - May 9 - to secure the insurance, otherwise the dog was “subject to seizure.”
Moose continues to reside at the home of Taylor’s daughter, Lori Bono. Both Taylor and Bono disputed a claim made by a neighbor in Tuesday’s Courier-Post that Moose had once slipped out a door and charged her while she was out for a walk.
“Moose has never been at 3937 New London Gravel Road except when he was six months old,” said Taylor. “The only time Moose goes outside is when he is with Lori or somebody and then he has a muzzle on. He’s always in the back yard. He’s only been out front twice and both times Animal Control was there to document stuff.”
Bono, who supports her father’s appeal of Moose’s dangerous dog status, says the city has been good to deal with through the whole situation.
“I have nothing bad to say about the city. The city is working with us and we’re doing everything they’re telling us,” she said. “It’s the post office I have a problem with.”
Beginning Tuesday, neighbors around Bono had to start picking up their mail at the post office. They were notified Monday by the U.S. Postal Service that their home mail delivery was being “temporarily suspended” because a “city-deemed dangerous animal” lives in the proximity of their residence.
Page 2 of 2 - Mail was halted in the 5000 block of College Avenue, where Taylor lives, for over two weeks because of the dog. Home mail delivery resumed on College Avenue on May 9, one day after Taylor relocated his dog.
Postal officials contend stopping the mail in the neighborhood is being done to protect the carriers who deliver in that area from Moose, with whom they have had issues dating back to 2009 when he was still on College Avenue.