Civil lawsuit filed against UPAWS

 Photo courtesy: Emergency Justice for Abel
Photo courtesy: Emergency Justice for Abel (WLUC)
Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 6:20 PM EDT
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A Gwinn woman has taken the case to save her former dog into the courts. She filed a civil lawsuit against the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) earlier in March.

Mary Schiefel surrendered her dog, Abel, in late February. After that, Abel was adopted to a new home, but allegedly bit an individual shortly after that, causing serious damage.

UPAWS claims that in keeping with state law, a dog that presents a danger may be euthanized.

Thursday, in circuit court, Judge Karl Weber decided to grant a preliminary injunction keeping Abel from being euthanized until further arguments can be heard on the matter.

In court, Judge Weber addressed maintaining a stay of euthanasia until more facts can be heard.

“If I were to simply dissolve it and not consider the plaintiff's arguments, which she argues that the evidence will show x,y,z, including the fact that she didn't understand what the form meant, so, what's the harm for maintaining the status quo for a limited period of time until we hear factual testimony on some of the claims?” Judge Weber said.

No further hearing has been scheduled at this time. Abel is currently being held at UPAWS under quarantine.