Support grows for pit bull on death row - WSMV Channel 4

Support grows for pit bull on death row

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A dog who has captured the city's attention is now on death row and just hours away from a scheduled execution.

But the devoted owner of Prada the pit bull hopes an unusual effort to set bond for the dog will save the day.

She is now backed by an international fundraising effort and even a well-known television show.

There is no question Nicole Andree has had support in her effort from day one, but at this point it will take more than T-shirts, signs and a generous lawyer. It will take money.

The plan is to post a bond to keep the dog alive until an appeal is heard.

The problem is Andree's original $50 fine for owning a vicious dog has ballooned into $17,000 in legal fees and has left her bankrupt.

Now, she owes about $5,000 in court costs and will need to put up another $10,000 for the bond to care for her dog while the appeal trickles through.

An international campaign to raise money, nearly $3,000 as of Monday afternoon, is still hoping for a final push but is well short of what it would take to save Prada.

Her lawyer, Jean Harrison, says Metro Animal Control really never had anything in mind other than death for the dog.

"If you are assuming as your starting point that all pit bulls must be destroyed, then we need to have another discussion about this. Because each dog should be decided on merit, not the breed," Harrison said.

In the meantime, Villalobos, a well-funded national pit bull rescue, has offered to take Prada.

This is the same rescue that produces the popular TV show, Pit Bulls and Parolees.

The judge cannot order that as it is not one of his legal options, but Metro Animal Control could sign an agreement order to ship the dog out.

That has not happened.

"I'm obviously disappointed that they're refusing what is a very reasonable alternative that gives everyone what they need. The dog lives, Metro looks like the good guy. But Metro is refusing, and I'm not certain why," Harrison said.

Metro Animal Control did not return calls from Channel 4 News for comment, but we should mention that Animal Control is closed on Mondays.

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