LEBANON – Five dogs who killed Loretta Mae Moore, a Lebanese resident in September, are likely to escape euthanasia because local ordinances and state law do not adequately address dog attacks on her property. their owners.
A pit bull has already been taken in.
Boone County Coroner Justin Sparks said after a medical examiner performed the autopsy on the 84-year-old woman, he determined the cause of her death was dog mutilation.
Moore’s son’s four dogs and a fifth dog he was caring for were in their shared home on Elizabeth Drive in Lebanon when he left for work on September 14. James Moore found his mother’s body on his return home, police said.
Part of his arm was missing and was never found, and all five dogs had apparent bloodstains around their mouths, according to the county’s petition to destroy the dogs filed in Boone Circuit Court on September 24. .
The city of Lebanon, Boone County and the state of Indiana lack ordinances and laws to allow the euthanasia of dogs that attack their owner’s property, said Robert Clutter, attorney for County Commissioners for the County of Lebanon. Boone.
“I guess none of us considered that type of situation,” Clutter said. “We’re trying to find a way to get rid of the dogs. “
“According to state law, if the dogs leave the owner’s property and attack someone, there are many remedies available,” Clutter said. “But if an attack occurs on the owner’s property, we have very limited recourse – almost none.”
Where are the dogs?
Jim Moore wants his dogs back, and at least one other person has offered to adopt the pack’s two huskies, authorities said.
Jim Moore’s four medium to large-sized dogs are being held by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office pending full autopsy reports and the conclusion of the Lebanon Police Department’s investigation into Loretta’s death.
“State law considers ownership of dogs, so we have the right to withhold them as long as the investigation is still open, and it is still open,” Clutter said.
The fifth dog is a pit bull that Jim Moore placed in foster care about a month earlier from Lucci’s Bully Rescue home in Indianapolis.
The county reached an agreement with the relief group and returned Chance to its custody on Monday.
“We have accepted a permanent placement outside of Boone County and with a trainer who is very familiar with working with dogs with behavioral issues,” said Clutter. “As part of the deal, the dog is not allowed to return to Boone County.”
A woman who identified herself over the phone as the manager of the Lucci House declined to name herself or comment on the dog on Tuesday.
“With regard to the other four belonging to Mr. Moore, we have not yet reached satisfactory negotiations with his lawyer,” Clutter said.
“We are trying to consider a possible release of the dogs which would still protect the public as much as possible,” he added. “We are looking at a number of options. Counsel for Mr. Moore was receptive to various suggestions.
“It’s just a terrible and traumatic situation.”
Loretta attended services at Lighthouse Baptist Church when she moved to Lebanon from West Virginia years ago, her pastor Reverend Merv McNair said, adding her attendance had been scarce since the pandemic.
She had initially lived in her own home until a rotator cuff on her shoulder gave her a lame arm and she moved in with her son, McNair said. Loretta went to church service with McNair’s mother-in-law.
“She was always, always happy to be here,” McNair said. “She felt the love here.
“She knew the word of the Lord,” he continued. “She had the grace of God. She knew Christ. I have to believe she was in fame before this whole dog thing happened.