This Loving Dog Is Currently On Death Row

Padi is a rescued dog owned by veterinarian Dr. Paul Gartenberg and his family.  He’s being held at the Manatee County Animal Shelter on death row.

This is Padi. He's a rescued dog owned by veterinarian Dr. Paul Gartenberg and his family. Right now, he's being held at the Manatee County Animal Shelter on death row.

Padi has always been a loving family pet.  Padi is scheduled to be euthanized after biting a four-year-old boy.  Putting a dog down for a single bite is extreme, but they say that Padi wasn’t acting out of malice, but in defense and fear after being repeatedly hit with the boys toys.

As you can see he loves to give hugs and gentle kisses.

As a rescue, he can be a bit skittish, and that fear took a bad turn one day.

 Dr. Gartenberg stated that Padi was in the vet’s office, when the boy began throwing toys at the dog. Padi hid underneath a desk to get away from him, but the boy kept throwing the toys at him.  Once Padi was cornered, he bit the boy’s ear in defense and fear.

The boy’s parents were not present when this took place. Instead a 13-year-old babysitter was the only one supervising the child.

Neither of the boy's parents were present for the incident; instead, his 13-year-old babysitter was the only one supervising.

The boy’s mother believed Padi had approached her son and bit him for no apparent reason.

The boy's mother was under the impression that Padi had approached her son and bitten him -- that the pup was the aggressor.

People believe that the parent’s statement should not be admissible, as they weren’t present.

Also many people believe that the babysitter, who was only 13, was too young to be in charge of a 4 year old child.

Many people also feel that the babysitter, who was only 13, was too young to have been placed in charge of the four-year-old in public.

Many believe if there would of been an adult watching the child this would of never had happened.

Dr. Gartenberg disagrees that Padi is at fault, and says that she was acting in self-defense and out of fear when being repeatedly hit by the boy’s toys.

Dr. Gartenberg disagrees that Padi is at fault, and says that she was acting in self-defense.

Surprisingly, Dr. Gartenberg was never asked for a statement, even though he was present.

Many people from the community have come out to support Padi.  Dr.Gartenberg and many others feel that killing Padi is the wrong action to be taken.

People from the community have come out in support of Padi. Like Dr. Gartenberg, many folks feel that killing Padi is an inappropriate action to take.

Dr. Gartenberg and his family are trying to bring awareness to the community for Padi and all other wrongly accused animals threatening to be put to their death!

Dr. Gartenberg and his family hope that by raising awareness of Padi's plight -- and that of many other wrongfully accused dogs -- they can prevent the killing of animals.

Padi’s incident has made the news and people all around the world are coming to his defense.

They started the Free PADI Facebook page, which, as of today, has 14,000 likes.

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