Forever Home made national headlines last summer when the pitbull they adopted out mauled a 90-year-old grandmother to death. The owner, Jamie Cochran, faced 10 charges of illegal importation of animals related to that investigation.
Now, after almost a year of delays and court appearances, the owner of that adoption agency has been convicted. The family of Margaret Colvin, the elderly woman that died as a result of Forever Home’s negligence, is not satisfied with the punishment though.
“We think this should have been handled better. My grandmother is dead,” said Leslie Patterson. “All this stupid b*tch got was a fine, not even a thousand dollars! She didn’t go prison. She’s free and my grandma is rotting in the ground.”
Here’s the scoop from 13 News Now:
The owner of an animal shelter that adopted out a dog that later killed a grandmother has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of illegal importation of animals.
These charges came after a pitbull named Blue mauled 90-year-old Margaret Colvin to death.
Colvin’s daughter Linda Patterson is the one who adopted out the dog from Forever Home Rehabilitation Center last summer. After she took the dog home, she said the dog attacked and killed her mother.
Court documents 13 News Now obtained said that Forever Homes brought in Blue illegally from out-of-state and never disclosed his bite history.
Appearing in court on Wednesday morning, Forever Homes’ owner, Jamie Cochran, pleaded guilty to all 10 charges brought against her.
Cochran was ordered to pay a $750 fine and for two years, she can’t import, rescue or adopt out any animals.
Owners of animal adoption agencies and other rescue organizations have a great responsibility to deliver the safest and most docile pets that they can. If a volunteer or business owner recognizes an animal is unfit to live with people, then they should not allow that animal to be adopted out. But, this case begs the questions, where does the liability lie?
If every time an animal does something, is the adoption agency responsible? It’s something to think about as this is a “slippery slope.”
What do you think? Is the adoption agency responsible?