Updated Jan. 29 5:15 pm
The owners of two pit bulls, Rosie and Sasha, are asking a judge to spare their dogs the death penalty.
In documents filed separately Friday at Edgartown District Court, attorneys Michelle Brennan and Matt Jackson requested a trial before a district court judge on behalf of their clients. Brennan represents Kaitlyn Seaton, Rosie’s owner, and Jackson represents Hillary Seaton, Sasha’s owner.
The appeal comes a little more than a week after Dukes County Superior Court clerk Joseph Sollitto upheld an order by Oak Bluffs selectmen to euthanize the dog, which the board deemed “dangerous” after a Dec. 12 hearing.
On Nov. 24, the two dogs escaped from Hillary Seaton’s residence on 23 Worcester Ave. and viciously attacked Toby, a cockapoo owned by John Stevenson. The dog suffered life-threatening injuries that required extensive emergency treatment, including surgery, at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Bourne. Toby had numerous puncture holes on his back, his front right leg, and his left hind leg. Skin was torn off the small dog’s back and half of his ear was bitten off.
The court documents filed Friday include a copy of a license for Rosie that shows the dog is actually a Tisbury dog. Whether that will matter as part of the case remains to be seen. The dog was licensed in Tisbury as of Nov. 29, according to the document.
No date had been set as of Monday for the hearings before a judge.
Updated to include second appeal filed.