A two-legged dog caused quite a stir outside the Del Norte County Superior Courthouse on Tuesday. London the pit bull was at the courthouse Tuesday with his handler to attend a scheduled jury trial for his previous owners, Zachary Hinton and Sarah Anderson, both 20, who have been accused of causing injuries to the dog and failing to seek medical attention, eventually leading to the amputation of his forelegs.
The trial was postponed until Feb. 19, when they will face two felony counts of animal cruelty.
Outside the courthouse, London played with one of his rescuers, Amanda Giese, founder of Panda Paws Rescue, romping around and sitting up in a rather humanlike posture, posing for photos and receiving hugs from a group of onlookers.
"He came in a very sad case," said Giese. "Since surgery he's continued to flourish."
The two-pawed pooch has become something of a celebrity since being rescued.
"He enjoys and soaks up the limelight," said Giese, of Vancouver, Wash.
Vancouver-based Panda Paws Rescue, which received London from the Del Norte County Animal Shelter in July, has set up a Facebook page entitled Justice for London and a website, Weareteamlondon.org, to update people on London's progress. The Facebook page has 8,372 likes.
Panda Paws has parlayed London's attention into a way for him to tour around Washington, Oregon and California to help raise awareness for pit bulls, animal shelters, animal health, spayingand neutering and animal abuse. And London's website has been set up to receive donations for other dogs that need surgical expenses covered.
London will be heading to Los Angeles next week, and will be back in Crescent Cityfor the trial, Giese said.
Hinton and Anderson are accused of slamming London to the floor several times last March after they came home to discover he had chewed up their couch.
They waited a couple of weeksbefore seeking medical attention for the dog, authorities said.
London was eventually transported to Panda Paws Rescue, where workers coordinated with a veterinarian to have both front legs amputated.
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To read a prior article about London, go to triplicate.com and search for "Local pair jailed for dog abuse."