One of two pit bulls accused of attacking a 14-year-old Millersville girl over the summer will be returned to its owner, but the other should be killed, a county police captain has decided -- partly overturning an Animal Control Commission recommendation.
Capt. Thomas A. Suit, who oversees Anne Arundel County Animal Control, issued a destruction order for Kane, a dog alleged to have injured three other people in earlier incidents.
In taking the action, Suit sided with Animal Control Administrator Tahira S. Thomas, who wanted Kane destroyed but whose decision had been opposed by the commission.
The four-member commission, which reviews such cases, had recommended earlier this month the return of both dogs -- under strict guidelines -- to owner David Neal.
Neal was preparing to pick up the other dog, 1-year-old Isis, yesterday. But he wasn't giving up his battle to save Kane, vowing to take the case to the county Board of Appeals.
"I have to appeal the case on Kane," Neal said. "This got blowed out of proportion by Tahira Thomas."