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Abuse trial for 'London,' two-legged pitbull, set for Oct. 21

Abuse trial for 'London,' two-legged pitbull, set for Oct. 21

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on June 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

The animal abuse trial in Crescent City, Calif. for the former owners of London the pit bull has been set for Oct. 21.

Trial was postponed a couple of times due to clerical errors and Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander's continuing problems.

London, whose front legs were amputated after he suffered horrific abuse, will be in the courtroom for the Oct. 21 trial.

Former owners Zachary Hinton and Sarah Anderson are each facing two counts of animal cruelty. Count one is for wounding and maiming, and count two is for torture because the two did not get medical care for London's injuries.

Dr. Brandon Sherman, the vet who performed surgery on London, and Amanda Giese of Panda Paws Rescue, who cared for him after surgery, will testify in the trial.

London was just a pup when Giese took him into her rescue for special needs dogs in Vancouver, Wash. He had been dropped off at a humane society in Crescent City with severely fractured legs.

London – named after the London Olympics - had been so seriously injured that the California shelter didn’t have resources to care for him.

The pup’s front legs were shattered. At first it was believed that London had fallen out a window, but witnesses said his previous owners had thrown him to the floor because he had chewed on the couch.

After an investigation by the Crescent City Police Department, Hinton and Anderson, both 20 at the time, were arrested. Both pleaded not guilty.

In Vancouver, Dr. Brandon Sherman at Animal Care Clinic determined that the best possible option for London’s recovery and long-term quality of life was to remove his two front legs.
Mechanics from a Northwest company called MotoCorsa made London a Ducati-inspired custom dog wheelchair and he hasn't slowed down since.

If convicted, Hinton and Anderson each face three years and a $20,000 fine per count of animal abuse, neglect, and torture. 

London now enjoys a happy life in Portland with his new "mom" and canine buddy Max.

Donations to Team London go toward providing surgeries and wheelchairs to dogs in need. Make a donation at

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