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Court Orders Todd Wagoner’s Dog Euthanized

March 7, 2012

  03/08/ Last week, Plymouth Police Officer Derek Workman arrested 46 year old Todd Wagoner on a warrant for harboring a non-immunized dog and cruelty to an animal with a prior charge.  At that same time Wagoner’s dog, Shyrtkee, a wolf-dog hybrid was transported to the Marshall County Humane Society for a mandatory 10 day court ordered quarantine.

The court order was due to a dog bite report that stated, Mr. Wagoner went to 1535 North Michigan Street, Millea’s Liquor Store on February 27th at approximately 9:49 a.m. and made a purchase. As the clerk opened the door to hand him his merchandise and change his dog lunged biting her on the arm. She did not need medical treatment although a report was completed and sent to the Prosecutor’s Office.

On Tuesday, March 6th the case came before the court for a hearing on the “Complaint for Injunction and Damages.” Senior Judge Steven King heard the case in which it was noted that under Indiana Code a Wolf-dog hybrid is classified as a “wild mammal.”  Testimony stated that the clerk was bitten on the hand without provocation.  Although she did not need medical attention, and cleaned the wound, the hand has since become infected and the victim is under a doctor’s care and taking antibiotics.

At issue was whether Shyrtkee is capable of transmitting rabies, a disease commonly fatal to humans.  Indiana Code states that any potentially wild mammal that has bitten a human…shall not be placed under observation, but shall be humanely killed at once.

Mr. Wagoner testified that he has in the past administered rabies vaccines to Shyrtkee but conceded that the animal was due for another vaccine in October 2011.  He maintains that inasmuch as Shyrtkee is his constant companion and that there is no way the animal could have contracted rabies.

The determination of the court is not whether the wolf-dog is a “vicious” animal or any question of fault on the part of Todd Wagoner.

Judge Steven King ordered that the Marshall County Health Department be authorized and ordered to immediately fulfill its obligations as defined by Indiana Code to humanely kill the animal and send a portion of it to the Indiana State Department of Health within 48 hours.

Mr. Wagoner remains in the Marshall County Jail on a bond set at $2,000 cash.


8 Responses to “ Court Orders Todd Wagoner’s Dog Euthanized ”

  1. jamyerose12 on March 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I grew up in Plymouth.. That man is NO THREAT to anyone nor his dog.. SO knowing he loves to be homeless he chooses too.. Thats not a big deal. .So he wants to have a mans best friend.. WHO cares.. Who is going to pay for the shots for the dog.. If your so worried about his dog biting people then you pay for the dogs shots. This man is a Great man.. And has done NO HARM.. Maybe next time you will think twice before getting so close to his dog.

  2. concerned123 on March 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I agree with “robertdrowning”. I too have talked with Todd and even petted Shytkee. NO THREAT!!! Leave Todd and his dog alone. I just may buy him a new one, repeatedly.

  3. AnnF on March 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    PLEASE, no one buy him another wolf! I don’t know who gave him a dog this time, but I hope you have learned from your mistake.

  4. Andrew on March 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I have followed this and the last post. I don’t get into town that often, but on my last trip in I did see Todd and his dog on a walk. Although they didn’t seem very threatening, a semi-wild dog is hard to predict how it will behave.

    I feel bad for Todd that he has lost his companion that he no doubt felt very close to. However I suspect this could have been mitigated had the dog had a mouth cage when in public. In some areas these are required for all dogs classified as “aggressive” or “fight dogs”.

    Perhaps the city ought to consider (if it doesn’t already have one) an animal ordinance that does exactly this (provide for the mouth cage).

    As for Todd, it seems like the consensus is at best horribly mis-understood and at worst mentally Ill. In the later case there most be some kind of half-way house were good housing and assurance that he stays on his medications would be provided for.

    Hopefully the entire community can take something away from this action of last resort.

  5. kellis23 on March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    i think his bond should of been set higher then $2,000

  6. gordie on March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I”m sure there’ll be pros and cons about this, but his way of life is his choice, and I”ve seen the dog lunge at people and kids walking by with no provocation. I feel bad for both of them, but sometimes protecting other people is more important, and we’re all hoping Todd can deal with it. A wild animal does not belong in the city.

  7. snooks1922 on March 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

    If this dog was as vicious as you claimed he would have done plenty of damage to the clerks arm/ hand. He was no doubt protecting his owner and it was Todds fault for NOT controlling him. I’m ashamed of the judge and the humane society for killing this dog. The dog wasn’t even observed for the 10 days, great job Marshall county.

  8. robertdrowning on March 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I will continue to pray for Todd and Shyrtkee. I have talked to Todd several times over the years, always give a little wave when I see him….and say the usual little prayer, “There, but for the Grace of God, go I.”

    May, Todd, someday, find the peace he deserves as a human being.