WAYNESBORO, Va -- Peanut is a pit bull with what Waynesboro's city manager calls a dangerous background, but neighbors call Peanut a sweet dog, and they are working to keep him alive.
Katie Smith is a pit bull lover who has met Peanut. She said Peanut is friendly, despite having attacked a cat.
“He would sit. He would lay down. He would always be eager to play with other dogs,” said Smith.
The attack landed Peanut in Waynesboro's animal control center and now he is considered dangerous.
Waynesboro City Manager, Michael Hamp, said Peanut's dangerous classification complicates the dog's ability to be transferred to another caretaker.
“Certainly, reasonable people can reason and argue and debate where the bar is set, but in this particular instance, the bar being set by the law, we have a duty to follow the law,” said Hamp.
Carl Tarrance, Peanut's owner, said Peanut's absence has affected his family. He said the fees and other stipulations he must follow to get Peanut back are too much.
“This is certainly stressful,” said Tarrance, “I've been thinking about it and try to figure out what I can do to get him out. It's upsetting for me. It's upsetting for my life. All my family members have been helping out. They love him.”
Smith hoped she and other pit bull supporters can make a difference and save Peanut's life.
“I've always had this special connection with pit bulls because they're so mistreated and they have so much love to give,” said Smith.
People who support pit bulls plan to hold a peaceful rally in downtown Waynesboro Thursday afternoon.
Waynesboro's animal control officer could find out whether or not the dog will be euthanized sometime next week.
Peanut's fate depends on a court order and whether or not the owner can meet criteria to get Peanut back.
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