Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Killer On The Loose

According to a DNA test that was obtained by the victim's family, a killer is free to roam, and possibly kill again. This murderer's name is Lucky:
When Loudoun County [VA] officials dropped the case of Lucky the dog killing Cody the cat, Cody's owner took a cue from television's legal dramas.

She hired a laboratory to analyze DNA evidence she collected from her neighbors' pet to prove he was the killer.

After discovering Cody's body under a tree in front of her home in August, Marylin Christian set out to find the killer. She went to Lucky's owners, neighbors Sean and Janet Daryabeygi, who consented to giving her samples of Lucky's saliva and fur.

A lab in California confirmed Christian's suspicions.

Christian said that since Cody was killed, she has repeatedly asked Lucky's owners to return the dog to the local animal shelter, where they adopted him in the summer.

The Daryabeygis think she's asking too much. They said Lucky would never harm a human, though they don't dispute that the German shepherd mix could have been a cat killer.

"It's the nature of the dog chasing cats, squirrels and small animals," said Sean Daryabeygi, who said his neighbor "is obsessed with something natural."

Christian asked the county to declare Lucky dangerous, a legal designation that requires the owner to carry at least $50,000 in liability insurance; keep the dog locked up at home; and muzzle it during walks. But county officials say they need an eyewitness, which they don't have, to make a case.
Bad dog!