WEST DES MOINES – An Iowa couple gave up their pit bull after the animal viciously attacked two people.
West Des Moines police say that on Sunday, December 1st, Martin and Kari Misner of 9th Street in West Des Moines voluntarily signed over their pet pit bull Teyo to the care of Furry Friends Refuge. Teyo was responsible for two bites to humans causing the City of West Des Moines to declare him vicious. The vicious dog attacked a woman and later a mail carrier, causing the post office to suspend postal services to the neighborhood.
In going up Teyo, police say, the Misners relinquished all ownership rights of Teyo to Furry Friends. The Misners contacted the West Des Moines Police Department and stated they loved their dog Teyo and wanted to keep him but knew the decision was bigger than them and wanted to do what was right for the neighborhood they lived in. The Misners were cooperative with the Police Department and the City throughout the declaration process. Furry Friends will evaluate Teyo’s health and behaviors over the next few weeks. They will also begin a training program aimed at teaching Teyo proper behaviors and reaction around other animals and people. Upon successful completion of the training and evaluation process, it is possible for Teyo to be placed in a facility or home outside the Des Moines metro area.