Tempers have begun to flare in the case of Brandy, a dog belonging to local homeless man Thomas Genova. People on both sides of the debate over Brandy’s fate have reached out to the E-T to speak their piece.
Genova contacted the E-T on Wednesday and said that Brandy was only doing what he thought was right.
“Brandy is a sweet dog, he wouldn’t bite anyone unless they got too close to him,” said Genova. “People should know better than to get close to someone else’s dog.”
But according to the victim, Sheridan Lozano, the dog was not clearly visible in the moonlight.
“The dog was tied to a cart and lunged at me when I passed him. I did not see the dog and jumped away as soon as he bit me,” said Lozano, in a previous interview.
The dog, which was required to be tethered 50 feet from any public entrance and wear a muzzle, bit Lozano in the left leg in front of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on June 11. Genova contends that Brandy was tied to his cart “about 55 feet from the entrance”, but the victim told the E-T that Brandy was tied to a flag receptacle, which is located less than 50 feet from the entrance on the grocery side of the store.
“I didn’t have the muzzle on him because he hates it so much,” said Genova, through tears. “It was so late and I thought that (Brandy) wouldn’t bother anyone.”
The police report stated that Lozano’s blue jeans were ripped due to the bite, and according to Lozano, the bite caused her left shin to swell up and cost her a trip to the emergency room, where she was given a shot and pills for her pain.
“My dog couldn’t have torn her jeans because she was wearing Capri pants, she wasn’t even wearing jeans,” said Genova.
Despite the controversy, Brandy’s fate now rests in the hands of the city and Genova’s defense. While a trial date had not been set as of Friday, a citation was given to Genova as he stood on Washington Street soliciting donations to help “save Brandy.”
The citation was for possessing a dangerous dog and gives Genova 10 days to contact the judge or to organize a defense. The citation means that an official complaint has been filed by the city, citing an ordinance enforcement issue.
With Brandy’s quarantine period ending on Sunday, the Erath County Humane Society, where the dog is currently housed, is awaiting word on what to do with him.
While Genova has been petitioning the community for monetary donations, Judy Halmark, Director of the ECHS says no one has come by to pay his quarantine fee, something that was quickly taken care of last time Brandy bit a woman in January.