Four cases were heard at New Hanover County's Animal Control Wednesday including one that involves an aggressive Carolina Beach pit bull. Dog court was packed Wednesday night for a case that pitted a Carolina Beach neighborhood against Carmella Edwards and her attorney Jason Vaughn. Edwards owns Deogie, a 6-year-old male pit bull. Deogie killed a cat two months ago. Ten days later the pit bull destroyed a dog. Last year, the dog bit Jasmine McKee's husband. Jasmine is the plaintiff in the case and her neighborhood says enough is enough. "Our neighborhood is opening ourselves up for a lawsuit and that's been stated and emailed to all of us. We're scared to bring people over to our houses because of this dog." In order to save the dog's life, the defendant offered to give up possession of Deogie. The plan involves cross-country travel. "The dog will never return to Carolina Beach. The dog will be trained in Maryland and upon successful completion be placed in California. You may choose to euthanize the dog. I just ask that you choose not to euthanize the dog,” said attorney Jason Vaughn. The decision now rests with the three dog panelists. "I see a risk of flight if this dog left here. I cannot see with 13 weeks of training with a dog that's a ticking time bomb is going to make that much difference and I’m not going to send a problem dog out to California,” said dog court panelist Joyce Bradley. A lack of responsibility on the owner's behalf apparently led to the final judgment. Deogie will be put down unless Carmella Edwards appeals to Superior Court. Carmella Edwards has ten working days to appeal last night's verdict. The panelists also upheld two euthanasia appeals and two dangerous dog appeals.
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