State Rep Candidate Tina Wallace Lied About Dog Attacks, Then Asked Ald. Raymond Lopez to Change the Law — People’s Fabric

Wallace fought against taking any responsibility for the attack or subsequent medical bills for over two years, instead blaming the victim. Julia filed a lawsuit in August 2012, alleging Wallace had knowledge of the dog’s prior aggressive behavior—notably, past attacks on people’s feet—and she failed to disclose that information to Found.

According to sworn testimony, Julia entered a room at Found where Wallace was sitting with her dog trying to get a radio to work, which she had bought for her dog. The dog, George, lay on a bed. 

By Julia’s account, after the two spoke for a few minutes, she slowly made her way back towards the door, wrapping up conversation. Along the way, Julia “tapped her feet” a few times. Then George attacked her moving foot. Wallace’s version was that Julia stood next to the dog’s bed, inexplicably kicking the bed, which provoked the attack.

In response to the attack, a CACC inspector officially designated Wallace’s large-breed dog a “dangerous animal,” which meant she had to comply with additional legal requirements—including posting warning signage on her property and submitting to annual inspections by CACC.

In the inspector’s sworn testimony, he said Wallace’s story “didn’t add up,” and he believed Julia’s account. “I didn’t find it [Wallace’s story] credible or accurate,” he testified. He added that his own interactions with Wallace weighed into his assessment, saying, “she has issues.”

Wallace originally became acquainted with the dog through Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty, an organization which Wallace founded and describes as “not a rescue”, but a “networking conduit” that provides funding to dogs in kill shelters and abusive situations.

A Hidden History of Aggression

Through the lawsuit, it was revealed that Wallace boarded George at Found because he had been in a fight with one of her other dogs at home, which resulted in some injury to Wallace herself. George had previously been kicked out of another boarding facility and had prior aggressive incidents with people, cats, and dogs.

When Wallace boarded the dog with Found, she marked on the intake form that she was not aware of any vicious tendencies, even writing “none to people” in the margin, and she acknowledged her liability if her dog injured a Found staff member. 

via People’s Fabric

June 1, 2022 at 04:55PM

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