Five-legged puppy at centre of ownership battle
A five-legged chihuahua-terrier is caught in a legal battle with a freak show owner planning to seek an injunction to stop any surgery on the puppy.india Updated: Jul 23, 2009 15:20 IST
A five-legged chihuahua-terrier is caught in a legal battle with a freak show owner planning to seek an injunction to stop any surgery on the puppy.
Lilly, the six-week-old pup born with an extra leg has become a subject of a legal battle with John Strong a freak-show owner in New York now insisting the dog is his, The Charlotte Observer reported.
The Coney Island exhibitor said he plans to sue the pup’s original owner, Calvin Owensby from Gastonia, who he claims broke an implied contract to sell him the dog.
Strong claimed that both of them had agreed on a price and he had also paid USD 1000 as advance, the paper reported. But Owensby decided to sell the pup to a woman after an outcry from animal lovers over reports of the freak-show deal.
Strong, agreed that he got his money back, said he was disappointed but could live with the outcome, “Sometimes, you just gotta say, ‘OK, I still have nine live, two-headed animals,´ and move on.”
Lilly’s extra leg makes it hard for the white puppy to walk, so her new owner Allyson Siegel plans to have it operated. But Strong has now decided he’ll seek an injunction to stop any surgery on the pup.
The freak show owner denied that he is cruel or exploitative and insisted his animals are well treated, “We’re good people,” he said, “and we take care of our animals.”