This is Hank's Story. On January 17, 2017, I was adopted from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in Centralia, Washington.
I was adopted to be a pal for Bruce Almighty. I liked Bruce, but Bruce didn't really like me. He sulked a lot, but mostly he ignored me.
The nice couple who adopted me didn't want Bruce to be sad, but they knew they would never take me back to the animal shelter. Jason, the son, and my pal Buddy, the grandson, were the perfect answer, and they jumped at the chance to have me for their very first pet.
I was so happy. I went everywhere with Jason and Buddy. Buddy fed me, played with me, taught me dog stuff, and at night we slept side by side.
We still went to see Bruce almost every night for dinner. After our walk in the evening, I would climb into a lap while they watched TV, lick their face, and everyone would laugh.
On May 9, 2017, detectives from the Sheriff's Department came seized me without an explanation. My family begged the detectives not to take me, but they said they had to take me. It was the law.
My new family didn't know when they adopted me and no one told them that on April 1, 2016, my mom and I had gotten out of the house through a slider that hadn't been properly closed.
I was a very young dog. At first, I was playing with one of the goats, but then my mom ran up and chased the goat. They ran, so I ran. My mom wasn't playing, and before I knew, the goat was dead. My mom had also attacked another goat. In the end, two goats were dead and a little pony was hurt.
Ever since I was six weeks old, I lived in California on 3 acres with goats and chickens. Goats weren't a meal; goats were family -- that's what I knew. Thing is, I couldn't prove that I didn't kill the goats or hurt the pony.
In Lewis County dogs that kill livestock are put to death. My mom managed to escape justice by going to another state, but I got left behind. I ended up getting blamed for something I didn't do.
I was locked up and labeled a dangerous dog and that label carried a stiff sentence -- death.
My first hearing was June 19 before Judge Buzzard in Lewis County District Court in Chehalis, Washington.
Even though Judge Buzzard could have set me free with the new county ordinance, he didn't. He also ignored all the new evidence presented, which included a video, because he said he didn't believe us. He ordered me put to death in 48 hours.
My attorney had to appeal! My second hearing was before Judge Edwards of Grays Harbor County Superior Court on September 8. He said it wasn't his job to second guess a lower court. I just couldn't catch a break.
Adam Karp filed new pleadings and on October 18 at 11 a.m. with my whole family (Jann, Gary, Jason, and Buddy) in court, the Honorable Judge John C. Skinder ruled that equity, at least for my hearing, counted.
He ordered me immediately released and my death sentence rescinded. I could go home, but that wasn't the end. The preliminary injunction was only temporary.
On December 8 Lewis County requested mediation in order to resolve my case. A contingent agreement was reached, and on December 18, Buzzard's and Edwards' rulings were vacated, and I became a free dog!
A Facebook Group page, "Hank Off Death Row," was created for open discussion. Filings, pleadings, as well as results of court hearings, were posted for everyone to review.
You can reach Hank Off Death Row Facebook page here.
December 20 -- The honorable Judge John C. Skinder signed the Order of Stipulation and Agreed Order of Dismissal making Hank a free dog with no restrictions, and his history wiped clean from everything before December 8, 2017.
December 8 -- Lewis County requested the matter be resolved through mediation. A contingent agreement was reached. All contingencies were satisfied as of December 18.
October 18 -- Judge Skinder granted the Preliminary Injunction and ordered Hank be immediately released, and he rescinded and voided Judge Buzzard's kill order.
Someone posted the comment, “It takes a village . . .” It truly does. I want to thank all of Hank’s Warriors, Hank’s Prayer Warriors, Hank's Home Team, Hank's Badasses, and all the people of his village -- together we have created something phenomenal -- Hank's International Village -- we are the Family of Hank. The worldwide support for Hank truly reached around the world. This is the most wonderful village! Thank you for coming on this journey with me all the way from:
Special Places and Groups • Best Friends Sanctuary • Beau’s Heart • Disneyland • Dory Munson Show • Folkfest.com • Friends of Phineas • Hank’s Badasses from the US • Hank's Hero's • Healing Harley • Help Save Marley • Jewelz the German Shepherd Always Remembered Never Forgotten Forever Loved • Justice (Just Us) for Diamond • Justice for Ponce • Lewis County Pit Bull Group . . . staffy and bully love • Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets • Mahler’s Aggressive Strength LLC • Nana’s Journey Photography • Pahrump Justice for Animals Local and Nationwide • Safe and Sound Sanctuary
Alabama• Huntsville • Moody • Spanish Fort
Arizona • Chino Valley • Globe • Goodyear • Mesa • Ono Valley • Phoenix • Scottsdale • Surprise • Tucson
Arkansas • Greenbrier
California • Aliso Viejo • Bakersfield • Carlsbad • Chico • Clovis • Dana Point • Dixon • Escondido • Fort Bragg • Fullerton • Goleta • Greenbrae • Hollywood • Indio • Lockeford • Los Angeles • Manteca • Marysville • Morgan Hill • Northern California • Orange • Pacifica • Petaluma • Phelan • Piedmont • Pismo Beach • Redding • Redwood City • Rio Vista • Salinas • San Bernardino • San Diego • San Francisco Bay Area • San Marcos • San Marino • San Rafael • San Jose • Santa Clarita • Santa Cruz • Sherman Oaks • Stockton • Sunnyvale • Turlock • Yuba City • Whittier • Woodland
Colorado • Bayfield • Boulder • Brush • Centennial • Colorado Springs • Denver • Greeley • Littleton
Connecticut • Naugatuck • Northford
Delaware • Hartly • Wilmington
East Coast of Florida
Florida • Altamonte Springs • Boca Raton • Boynton Beach • Bradenton • Clearwater • Crestview • Crystal River • Daytona Beach • Delray Beach • Flager Beach • Fort Myers • Greenacres • Gulf Breeze • Hilliard • Homosassa • Inverness • Jacksonville • Jenson Beach • Jupiter • Lake Placid • Lake Worth • Leesburg • Lighthouse Point • Miami • Myakka City • Neptune Beach • New Smyrna Beach • Niceville • Old Myakka • Orlando • Ormond Beach • Oviedo • Palm Bay • Palm Beach County • Palm Coast • Panama City • Port Orange • Sarasota • South Florida • St Cloud • St. Petersburg • Tallahassee • Tampa • Tampa Bay • Venice • Vero Beach • Winter Haven
Georgia • Atlanta • Augusta • Carrollton • Centerville • Covington • Douglasville • Ducula • Ellijay • Gainesville • Lexington • Lilburn • Newnan • Rome • Smyrna • West Point • Williston • Woodstock
Idaho • Idaho Falls
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Indiana • Cambridge City • Greencastle • Indianapolis • Lowell • Martinsville • Westfield
Iowa • Council Bluffs • Des Moines
Kansas • Beloit • Kansas City • Lansing • Merriam • North Central Kansas • Olathe • Overland Park • Topeka
Kentucky • Bardstown • Bowling Green • Carrollton • Edgewood • Louisville • Milton • Mocabee Creek • Sandy Hook
Louisiana • Baton Rouge • Covington • Gretna • Hammond • Houma • Lake Charles • New Iberia • New Orleans
Maine • Brunswick • Eliot
Maryland • Baltimore • Ellicott City • Hagerstown • Olney • Potomac • Sharpsburg • St. Mary’s City
Massachusetts • Boylston • Boston • Brockton • Cambridge • Leicester • Lynn • Northampton • West Acton
Michigan • Bath • Belleville • Chesaning • Coldwater • Dimondale • Flint • Lansing • Muskegon • Kalamazoo • Negaunee • Newport • Petersburg • Rhodes • Smiths Creek • St. Clair Shores • Troy • Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Minnesota • Dilworth • Hutchinson • Lake Crystal • Mankato • Moose Lake • Saint Paul • Shakopee
Mississippi • Eupora • Myrtle
Missouri • Colombia • Carrollton • Doniphan • Gladstone • Helena • Jefferson City • Jonesburg • Liberty • Pascola • St. Louis • Wingfield
Montana • Helena • Libby
Nebraska • Blair • Central City • Petersburg
Nevada • Henderson • Las Vegas • Reno • Sandy Valley
New Hampshire • Claremont • Goffstown • Merrimack • North Haverhill
New Jersey • Denville • Edgewater Park • Forked River • Freehold • Hoboken • Hopatcong • Mantua • Marlton • Monroe Township • North Bergen • Ocean • Sewell • Somers Point • Spring Lake • Titusville • Trenton
New Mexico • Santa Fe • Taos
New York • Bronx • Brooklyn • Buffalo • Covington • East Islip • Farmington • Farmingville • Fishkill • Franklinville • Fulton • Gouverneur • Hamilton • Huntington • Islip Terrace • Long Island • Mahopac • New York City • Newfane • North Salem • Plattsburgh • Rochester • Sanborn • Sayville • Schodack • Sound Beach • Syracuse • Walden • Wappingers Fall • West Seneca
North Carolina • Benson • Charlotte • Greenville • Greensboro • Huntersville • Mebane • Moyock • Raleigh • Union Mills • Willow Spring • Wilmington
Ohio • Canton • Akron • Cincinnati • Cleveland • Columbus • Findlay • Galion • New Philadelphia • North Canton • Pataskala • Reynoldsburg • Sagamore Hill • Urbana
Oklahoma • Oklahoma City • Ponca City • Pawnee • Tulsa
Oregon • Albany • Bend • Milton - Freewater • Nehalem • Portland • Salem • Scappoose • Springfield • Warm Springs
Pennsylvania • Allison Park • Avella • Butler • Dallastown • East Norriton • Eastern Pennsylvania • Exton • Johnstown • Lancaster • Malvern • Monessen • Morrisville • Noxen • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh • Reading • Western Pennsylvania • Yardley
South Carolina • Anderson • Fort Mill • Goose Creek • Hilton Head • Lake Murray • Lexington • Little River • North Myrtle Beach • West Columbia
South Dakota • Sioux Falls
Tennessee • Chattanooga • Clarksville • Crossville • Jonesborough • Knoxville • Memphis • Oakland • Pigeon Forge • Sevierville
Texas • Abilene • Arlington • Austin • Corpus Christi • DFW • Denton • Edna • Fort Worth • Galveston Island • Houston • Mabank • Manor • Midland • Moody • Plugerville • Porter • Princeton • Round Rock • San Antonio • Texas People • Waxahachie
Utah • Clearfield • Kanab • Kearns • Ogden • Salt Lake City • Saratoga Springs • St. George
Vermont • Brattleboro
Virginia • Ashburn • Blacksburg • Christiansburg • Elkton • Fincastle • Fredericksburg • Front Royal • Portsmouth • Pulaski • Richmond • Roanoke • Virginia Beach
Washington • Aberdeen • Airway Heights • Arlington • Bellevue • Bonney Lake • Buckley • Burien • Camano Island • Centralia • Chehalis • Clear Lake • Colton • Davenport • Elk Gates, W. Tieton Dr. • Glenoma • Hamilton • Hoquiam • Maple Valley • Mead • North Hollywood • Olympia • Pasco • Port Angeles • Port Orchard • Pullman • Puyallup • Randall • Renton Highlands • Rochester • Seabeck • Seattle • Snohomish • Spanaway • Tacoma • Tenino • Vancouver • Yakima • Washougal • West Richland
West Virginia • Elkins • Hurricane, Putnam County •Midway
Wisconsin • Belgium • Birnamwood • Egg Harbor • Janesville • Kenosha • La Crosse • Marshall • Milwaukee • Pleasant Prairie • South Milwaukee • Waukesha
Wyoming • Laramie
Across the Pond or From the North or South – You Came From:
Bahamas • Nassau
Belgium • Sint-Genesius_Rode
Caribbean Sea • Cayman Islands
Germany • Babenahusen • Cologne • Forchheim, Bavaria • Frankfurt • Frankfurt/Main • Kaiserslautern
India • Goa
New Zealand • Wellington
Pakistan • Islamabad
Philippines • Manila
Pacific America • Samoa
Scotland • Aberdeen • Stirling
South Asia • Nepal
On October 18, 2017, the Honorable Judge, John C. Skinder, stated that the inconsistent application of the shelter's role under the Lewis County ordinance caused him to believe that equitable principles should be employed.
On December 18, Hank became a free dog! Buzzard's and Edwards' rulings were vacated, designation was taken away, and Hank's history was wiped clean.
Hank was finally able to come home on October 18, 2017, and what a reunion it was! Just watch . . .
Finally, after 6 months, Hank is free to run and play at the dog park! There's no stopping him now!
Steve created a song, Love Brought Ol' Hank Home, that totally eclipses all the effort that went into bringing Hank home. This is it -- this is how thousands and thousands of people brought Hank home. This is the one to share all over the world so we never forget what the power of love can do. Great song, Steve!
Hank's first day at home. Pretty safe to say he's going to get away with whatever he wants for the next couple days. He stayed with Jason and Buddy his first night home (they weren't giving him up). Jason said Hank wouldn't leave his side -- hopefully, he'll be back to normal soon.
There's nothing like family! I wouldn't trade this for the world!
To add to Hank's list to things he likes to do, now he's a kissing monster. Hank is quite the character. The bond between Jason and Hank has me amazed. I had promised Buddy I'd do everything I could to bring Hank home, but it looks like I brought Hank home for Jason.
Hank was having the time of his life when we moved all the big pieces of furniture out of the front room in preparation for the new furniture. I finally was able to capture him about the 4th time I saw him "Doing the Freak." What a funny dog!
One of my all-time favorite songs for this time of year is "I want A Hippopotamus for Christmas." It's such a happy song. I found the music, so I put this video together. Some toys just aren't meant to last.
Hank did everything he was supposed to do, but having him and Bruce Almighty going down in sync is a trick for another day. Good job, Hanky!
A special video for you -- made from a bunch of snapshots.
Hank's been waiting a very long time to stretch his legs and run, run, run. We took Hank and Bruce Almighty to the dog park at Borst Park, and he had a great time -- a little rough and tumble, but no injuries. I could tell Bruce was having a good time, even though he didn't participate much -- his tail was up.
Slide show of Hank having fun. He brings sunshine wherever he goes.
I am often asked, "How's Hank?" You can see for yourself -- he is free and he is happy. Watch him run -- he uses his whole body -- stretching all the way, and he is so fast. There was a time I wasn't sure I'd ever see him run and play.
Hank's a little rough on his toys -- I bought him a new lunge, and this one lasted about two hours before he bit through it. Luckily, this one will be easier to repair, and soon we'll be out there again, and Hank will once again be making me dizzy.
So many wonderful articles were written about our journey with Hank -- all the trials and ups and downs that go with anticipation then dismay and finally sweet victory for Hank. I'd like to thank Seattle Dogspot, Centralia Chronicle, The Olympian, Woof, Dogs Trick, One Green Ploanet, Pet Guide, Pitbull Press, Schnauzi.com, Spirit 105 Radio, KIRO 7, The Dori Munson Show, Life with Cogs, and Seattle Times for their wonderful contribution is spreading Hank's story. If you speak Spanish, in the first column, there's a special pdf file in Spanish.
seattle dogspot (pdf)Download
every dog has its day (pdf)Download
pitbull press (pdf)Download
dori munson (pdf)Download
seattle times (pdf)Download
Hank in the News -- 2 tells the history of Hank's Story. Special thanks to NARWAI, One Green Planet, Pet Rescue Report, Lewis County Watch, Lewis Talk, Lewis County Sirens, Chronline, Seattle Dogspot, Dori Munson Show. You told his story well.
one_green_planet 2 (pdf)Download
lot going on (pdf)Download
BOCC changes dangerous animal code (pdf)Download
LC Officials Modernize Code (pdf)Download
County Considers Changes to Dangerous Dog (pdf)Download
Seattle Dogspot 09-13-2017 (pdf)Download
Higher Court Agrees with Buzzard (pdf)Download
Grays Harbors Affirms Ruling (pdf)Download
Judge Rejects Deal for York and Hanson (pdf)Download
Charges filed then dismissed for York and Hanson (pdf)Download
So Why Will He Be Killed (pdf)Download
County workers face charges (pdf)Download
Through social media, Twitter, and petitions like Change.org, Hank has been able to unite people from all over the world. Although we may never meet in the physical world, our hearts are bonded forever through our love for Hank and the incredible journey you shared with me saving this little dog.
The Propp-Estimo Pringle family is grateful to Hank's Village, Hank's Prayer Warriors, Hank's Warriors, Hank's Hero's, and the thousands of people who took the time to get to know Hank and believe in him.
We cherish each and every one of you and are so grateful for the support shown to save Hank. As a final accounting on November 19, Hank's expenses totaled $26,086.11, and after deducting fees (9%) from all funding sources, Hank's fund has received $22,898.77 in donations.
Your support and encouragement has meant so much. Be sure to check Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for supporting Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington.