'Doggie death row' inmate gets second chance, in Louisiana

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:28am

After more than a year under the care of Metro Animal Control, Prada, a pit bull-boxer mix, will finally be released to Villalobos Rescue Center in Louisiana.

Prada captured the attention of pit bull advocates across the country when she was put behind bars after attacking two other dogs in Forest Hills. Davidson County General Sessions Judge Joe P. Binkley ruled in January that Prada would have to be put down based on a “limited” Metro ordinance.

But after the conclusion of the case, attorney Jean Harrison was able to transfer the ownership of Prada to a trust with the blessing of the court. That’s when Villalobos Rescue Center, which is featured on an Animal Planet show called “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” stepped up to claim ownership, according to Harrison.

Villalobos will have to adhere to several ownership restrictions enforced by Metro. Mainly, they won't be able to put Prada up for adoption — and she'll have to live at the sanctuary for the rest of her life, Harrison said.

The order to transfer ownership was filed last Friday. The exact transfer date for Prada has yet to be arranged between Villalobos and Metro Animal Control.

According to Harrison, an ownership transfer couldn’t have taken place during the court case.

7 Comments on this post:

By: chetuno on 4/16/12 at 5:23

Thank-you attorney Jean Harrison for your courageous efforts. Now, Metro AC must change its policies that result in the killing of healthy animals.

By: govskeptic on 4/17/12 at 7:56

Metro should change no laws currently on the books over this very
dangerous dog's outcome in this case. A true menace to any
person or other dog it came into contact with!

By: 1kenthomas on 4/17/12 at 10:25

A true menace to my hind end.

Speaking of farces! How much money-- how much of it taxpayer dollars-- was spent on this sillyness?

Hell, I even had to put up with Nicole and her sob story, begging for money for her legal fees at my corner pub. What a piece of work that one is! (Speaking of reasons for guns in bars.)

By: 1kenthomas on 4/17/12 at 10:25

A true menace to my hind end.

Speaking of farces! How much money-- how much of it taxpayer dollars-- was spent on this sillyness?

Hell, I even had to put up with Nicole and her sob story, begging for money for her legal fees at my corner pub. What a piece of work that one is! (Speaking of reasons for guns in bars.)

By: trtay2004 on 4/18/12 at 10:01

Metro should ban this breed within city limits.

By: thinking12 on 4/21/12 at 8:27

Metro should not "ban" any breed anywhere!!!!
Any dog has it's good and unlikeable traits-just like people-
And pet owners need to be aware of these-keep the government out of it and get educated!
Why give all your power to Metro????????????????

By: RockinEZ on 10/28/12 at 8:55

I agree that no breed should be banned. Spanky and Our Gang had a Pit Bull. I have two.
Villalobos is a different story. These people keep ONLY 160 to 200 dogs.
With their TV spotlight they are receiving “crazy money” and wasting is just as fast as it comes in.
Really – a $2000 rescue trip?
Imagine what your local ASPCA could do with that money?
Villalobos is a vanity collection disguised as a shelter. This shelter has a very, very low adoption rate due to the large cost of ‘home visits’.
Don’t give this type of vanity shelters money. Fund your ASPCA where 160 dogs can be adopted in a day, not just stored as a collection.
There are a very few good things about Villalobos, but their history is deep and dark. Do a web search and you would never donate another dime to VillaLOCO. This is just funding a very dysfunctional family, not a real animal association such as the ASPCA or Helen Woodworth. If you want to send money, don’t send it to these small time crooks (check their history). Send your money to the ASPCA where it really works