Deaf pit bull mix Betsy will stay with Solano County residents

By From page A3 | June 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A deaf pit bull mix named Betsy will stay with two Solano County residents – and 14 other animals placed by Good Newz Pittie Pups Rescue will remain with families in the settlement of a lawsuit involving two animal rescue groups.

Attorney Leah Zabel, representing Good Newz Pittie Pups Rescue, said the agreement was reached with Reunion Rescue for the case that had been set for trial April 13 in Solano County Superior Court.

“Everyone felt it was in the best interest of all the animals involved,” Zabel said.

Michael Stutz, the attorney representing Reunion Rescue, agreed.

“Betsy gets to stay with her litter mate,” Stutz said, “another red-nosed pit bull.”

Betsy was left for a few months in the care of two Solano County residents but not returned in 2012 to the family that had adopted the dog, according to documents Good Newz filed in the case.

The Solano County residents had adopted Betsy’s brother Henry from Good Newz, according to documents.

Betsy and Henry are from a rescued litter of deaf pit bull mix puppies, according to Good Newz, which said it trained the animals to respond to sign language and commands that include stay and sit. Good Newz said it paid to microchip the two pit bull mix puppies.

Its website states that Good Newz was established to save mutts, some as young as 1 day old, from euthanasia. The rescue group said it focuses on puppies or pregnant dogs at high risk for euthanasia.

The website for Reunion Rescue states its mission as, “Saving pit bulls, one dog at time.” The volunteer rescue groups saves dogs from shelters and offers them for adoption.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • rcwJune 14, 2014 - 9:46 am

    This is the most vague and uninformative article. What about the family that adopted Betsy? What is Betsy's next step (or any of the pup for that matter) after the "trial"? And how about where the rescue agency is located in case people find a need to contact them with a pup that needs rescue? Sheesh, I feel I just wasted a minute and a half and walked away with only knowing Betsy is blind.

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  • Parker GJune 21, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    I think Reunion Rescue is a joke. I would never trust them with any dog.

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