This is Hank's Story. Read his story and then Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington.
On January 17, 2017, a nice couple adopted me from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in Washington state.
They thought I would be a great pal for their other dog, Bruce Almighty. I liked Bruce, but Bruce didn't really like me. He sulked a lot, but mostly he ignored me. That was okay -- It didn't bother me -- I just played with his old toys.
The nice couple didn't know what to do. They knew they would never take me back to the animal shelter, but they wanted us both to be happy. 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 with Buddy and Jason. I went every where with them. Buddy fed me, played with me, taught me dog stuff, and at night we slept side by side.
We even went over to see Bruce almost every night for dinner. In the evenings, after our walk, I would climb in their laps while they watched TV, lick their faces, and everyone would laugh.
On May 9, 2017, detectives from the Sheriff's Department came and took me away from my family without much explanation. My family begged the detectives not to take me, but they said they had to take me. It was the law.
You see there was a secret about me that my new family didn't know when they adopted me, and no one was going to tell them.
The secret was that in April 1, 2016, my mom and I had gotten out of the house through the slider that hadn't been properly closed. What happened next was unfortunate -- two goats ended up dead and a little pony was hurt. The thing is my mom instigated the whole thing.
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.
I was a very young dog. Sadie and the goat ran, so I ran. I was playing, but Sadie wasn't playing, and before I knew, the goat was dead.
Lewis County considers goats to be livestock, and dogs that kill livestock are put to death. Sadie 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.
The county has labeled me a dangerous dog, and that label carries a stiff sentence -- death.
On June 19, my declassification hearing was heard before Judge Buzzard in Lewis County District Court in Chehalis, Washington.
Even though, right in the middle of my hearing, he received a copy of the approved amendment, which was created especially for me and that would give me a second chance, Judge Buzzard ignored the approved amendment from the County Commissioners and all the other new evidence presented to him. The judge said he didn't believe the new evidence and ordered me put to death in 48 hours.
On September 8, Judge Edwards of Grays Harbor County Superior Court was supposed to hear the RALJ Appeal and to hopefully reverse Judge Buzzard's ruling in its entirety for various points of his decision that were unjust and unfair.
Judge Edwards decided he did not want to second guess Judge Buzzard so his ruling would stand.
In addition, both sides had an agreement that would only require Judge Edwards' signature, and I would be free and the case closed. But that did't happen either, so once again, my life is on the line.
My family has fought so hard to save my life, but they need your help to Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington. Please donate if you can to help with my legal expenses.
Adam P. Karp, Esq., a successful lawyer from Bellingham, Washington, is representing Jann Propp-Estimo in saving Hank.
Adam's practice focuses on animal law, and he has come to Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington.
A Facebook Group page was created for open discussion and to post filings and pleadings as well as giving accurate and timely information regarding the matter of Hank and Jann Propp-Estimo.
You can reach Hank Off Death Row Facebook page here.
September 25 -- Judge Edwards signed an order affirming Judge Buzzard. There will be 30 days to seek further appellate review. Judge Edwards has stayed euthanasia for Hank, as well as pending further appeal .
September 20, Judge Settle files an order requesting additional briefing for the Revised Motion for Preliminary Injunction due by October 6.
Special thanks to the newspaper reporters from the Centralia Chronicle -- Justyna Tomtas, Natalie Johnson, Aaron VanTuyl, and Pete Caster -- and Sharyn L. Decker of the Lewis County Sirens for their excellent reporting on Hank.
County Ponders Fate_2 (pdf)Download
Employees Broke the Rules_3 (pdf)Download
Family Hopes to Save Dog_1 (pdf)Download
BOCC Look to Amend Ordinance_4 (pdf)Download
Possible Reprieve_5 (pdf)Download
Petition Filed to Save Dog_6 (pdf)Download
The Trial of Hank the Dog_7 (pdf)Download
Judge Upholds Dangerous_8 (pdf)Download
Judge Declines to Reclassify_9 (pdf)Download
Centralia Dog Secures Temporary Stay_10 (pdf)Download
30-day Stay Granted_11 (pdf)Download
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