Euthanasia ordered for 4 dogs that mauled girl

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Klamath County Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to euthanize 4 Mastiff dogs that mauled a 10 year old girl.

The vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Derrick DeGroot:  “I believe that all four dogs should be humanely euthanized.”

Commissioner Donnie Boyd:  “I think we should recommend them to be euthanized in a proper manner, and again, I believe that human life is more important than animal life.”

Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris:  “I think it’s the appropriate course of action to preserve public safety.”

Alyssa Stevens was seriously injured when she entered the dog’s kennel on June first.

Dog owner Vincent Berry claimed the girl didn’t have permission to be on the property.

Berry’s advisor Latronda Darnell is planning an appeal.  “Absolutely.  Vincent of course is heartbroken over this ruling.”

Alyssa’s father Darryn Stevens presented text messages from Berry asking his daughter to look after the dogs.

Steven’s advisor Mary Liz Bunch offered this reaction:  “Relieved.  And I know Darryn felt the same way.  To say that he was happy would be improper, probably not accurate – it was heartbreaking for everyone involved.”

The dogs are scheduled to be put down August 21st, pending any appeal.

Neither dog owner Vincent Berry, or parent Darryn Stevens were at Thursday’s ruling.

Stevens was taking his daughter Alyssa to Portland for physical therapy.

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful. 

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.

When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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