"Romano says Tooker told her that he took Lucy, who was still alive, because he did not want the Romano kids to see the dog in that condition. Romano says Tooker did not even take the dog to the veterinarian instead he went to class. She wants her neighbor to be held responsible for his dog’s actions."
Personally, I don't think Tooker was concerned about his kids seeing the little dog in that condition. He could have made the kids stay in the house, and they never would have seen the extent of little Lucy's injuries. I believe Tooker needed time...to think about what to tell the owner, and how to talk his way out of a lawsuit. He wasn't man enough to deal with the situation head on up front, so he was trying to think of a good story to get himself out of trouble.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man. Tooker's character was revealed in this situation. He's going to have to live with that result the rest of his life.
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