FAIRFIELD — A deaf pit bull mix named Betsy is at the center of a dispute between Good Newz Pittie Pups Rescue and Reunion Rescue – a dispute that is set for a June 13 trial in Solano County Superior Court after Good Newz said the dog, left for a few months in the care of two Solano County residents, wasn’t returned.
The Solano County residents adopted Betsy’s brother Henry from Good Newz, but refused in 2012 to return Betsy to the family that had adopted her, Good Newz contends in court documents.
Besty 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.
Good Newz seeks $10,707 for what it contends was a breach of contract by Reunion Rescue. Good Newz also asks for $10,000 in punitive damages.
Good Newz said it could pull dogs from animal control agencies using an agreement with Reunion Rescue. Good Newz would take dogs 14 weeks or younger while Reunion Rescue would take older dogs, according to court documents.
The 2009 arrangement ended when Good Newz was able to pull dogs under its own agreement with animal control agencies in California, according to Good Newz.
Its website states that Good Newz was established to save mutts, some as young as 1 day old, from euthanasia. The rescue said it focuses on puppies or pregnant dogs at high risk for euthanasia.
Attorneys representing the two animal rescue groups could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
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