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San Francisco Dog Court 

Due process, under the law, for every canine

Wednesday, Feb 16 2005
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"There are two sides to every story," he says. That's Herndon's catchphrase. He uses it at every hearing, and he means it.

In the case of the Telsee dogs, Herndon makes use of the new flexibility afforded him under the code.

A decade ago, it wouldn't have mattered that Telsee is a responsible and concerned pet owner. Her dogs -- her babies -- would have been destroyed. Now, Herndon can, in a sense, reward her for being responsible. She gets to keep her dogs, but she must muzzle them outside and take them to obedience school, which could cost her $1,000. "They tell me to be happy that my dogs weren't put to sleep," she says. "But that's a lot of money. Abiding by the law, I got kicked in the butt."

Me? I'm just glad her dogs are pit bulls, not springer spaniels.

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