Dogs

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a decision ordering the destruction of a pit bull that bit a child.

The court says the Wayne County Circuit Court erroneously adopted a presumption that pit bull breeds are vicious, dangerous or a public health hazard.

Roxy Todd

Paca is an English Black Labrador who works with elementary school students at the Mary C. Snow School on Charleston's West Side.

One of Paca's roles is to help children who are emotionally in need of some extra love.

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This week, Inside Appalachia is featuring some incredible stories about dogs that help people heal. Like Paca, who helps children overcome emotional trauma and even helps encourage them to read. And we'll travel to a special cemetery, reserved only for coonhound dogs.

Most of us are familiar with the concept of seeing eye dogs, but service dogs do plenty of other jobs to help people. Roxy Todd takes us on a journey with a few service dogs helping folks in unique ways.

Dog Bless

Summertime is always the high season at animal shelters, and many homeless pets end up being put to sleep. The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association is trying to buck this trend. In the last 5 years the shelter has cut the number of animals it’s euthanized by almost 95%.

The Governor's proposed budget includes an increase in funds for the Division of Corrections, "Felicity's Law" passes the House and would provide a cause of legal action for those who are viciously attacked by a dog, Heads Up Huntington helps the public to be aware of emergencies in that city, and Asleep at the Wheel performs "Hesitation Blues" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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Daniel Walker

Felicity was a two-year-old-girl from Grant County who wandered away alone from a birthday party and was viciously attacked by two dogs. It took repeated surgeries for her to recover from her injuries. Because there was no criminal negligence on the part of the dogs’ owners, no legal action could be taken by her parents in a criminal or private case under current law according to the W. Va. Supreme Court of Appeals.