It was an extraordinary commitment to save a loved one from execution. A woman in Forest Hills kept her dog alive for more than a year through complicated legal maneuvering, but she has run out of time and money.
Nicole Andree spent some $17,000 in legal expenses to keep her dog alive on dog death row, arguing that her dog was only aggressive with other dogs and deserved mercy.
Prada the pit bull has sat on dog death row in Nashville for 375 days. And her owner has actually declared bankruptcy after emptying her life savings into saving the dog.
But Metro animal control said it didn't matter. The dog had attacked five other dogs.
With all those fights, death was the only answer.
Prada's supporters packed a Metro courtroom Friday wearing pink shirts and carrying signs.
Andree even offered to send her dog to a rescue.
But Judge Joe Binkley did not have that legal option. It was either death or freedom.
"And I found that Prada is a vicious dog and will be destroyed in a humane manner," Binkley said
Andree's attorney, Jean Harrison, who was working the case for free, says she wishes the judge had other options because this is death for a beloved pet and devastating for its owner.
Harrison says Metro animal control did a poor job of breaking up one of Prada's fights, but officials say the dog was too powerful and there was no other way to restrain her.
So the legal fight is over, but Andree did not want to comment. She says she is trying to put her life back together.
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