Mt. Vernon Woman Pleads With Courts to Save Beloved Dog After Accident Injured Granddaughter

The city deemed the incident a bite attack, but she claims that's not the case. The matter was taken to court back in March, and she's been fighting to bring her dog home ever since.

Posted: Aug 25, 2021 10:45 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 10:10 AM

It's been nearly seven months since May Robinson's dog Jager was taken away.

On January 30, Robinson said her granddaughter Kinley accidentally stepped on Jager's paw while he was sleeping, startling the dog and causing him to jump and scratch Kinley's face.

"Her injury was horrible," Robinson choked up. "I mean I didn't know a dog paw could do that."

The cuts were so deep, Kinley needed surgery and because of the severity of her granddaughter's wounds, the city of Mt. Vernon, Indiana deemed the incident a bite attack.

"They served me with a court notice, a summons saying I was in violation of two city ordinances."

Robinson was also issued an emergency order to have Jager put down.

The first court hearing was in March, and she's been fighting to bring her dog home ever since.

"It was an accident; he didn't mean to hurt her," Robinson said. "It's not like he viciously attacked her."

She launched a GoFundMe fundraiser, which has raised more than $6000 since it was created in February. Those funds have helped Robinson hire attorneys and continue her legal fight.

She created a Facebook page called "Team Jager" garnering worldwide support. She's also had T-shirts, car decals and roughly 130 signs made during her months-long campaign to get Jager back.

"The signs, which read "No bite, no kill, free Jager" can be seen in lawns throughout town.

They all support Robinson's claim that Jager never bit her granddaughter, but when that argument was taken to the Posey County Superior Court, the judge said the evidence showed otherwise.

That was the only comment the courts could give 44News since the case is still open.

They did, however, allow us to look through the file. The pictures of the injury were too gruesome and not allowed to be included in this story.

"Our reply brief was just accepted [Tuesday] so the appeal panel, the case goes to them now," Robinson said. "They can take as long as they want."

That process can take up to 60 days. Two months, Robinson said, Jager still has to spend in a solitary kennel.

She said it took five months before she was allowed to see him for the first time since the night of the incident. But still, it was only behind the kennel door.

After several community protests, that visitation rule was changed, and at the beginning of August, she finally got to play with him outside.

"It's hard to go out there and see him and then have to turn around and leave," Robinson said. "But I'm the only one allowed to go in and the guy who owns the kennel and a cop have to be there the whole time."

Now she waits, but this time with the hope of a happy outcome.

"As soon as the appeal judges read everything for what it is, everything should be overturned, and they should give him back to me," she said.

As for little Kinley, with scars now marring her face, she said she doesn't blame Jager.

She said what happened was an accident and just like her grandmother, she wants this all to end.

"I just want to have him back," Kinley said. "I miss Jager very much and I really want him to come back."

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