'Precious' case closed following dog's euthanization

Christina Stueve Hodges Sep. 21, 2012, 10:49am

The case involving "Precious" the pit bull has been closed.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder on Sept. 11 closed a case involving a pit bull who had been accused of biting four people since 2009.

Crowder on Aug. 27 ordered "Precious" to be euthanized in a "humane manner."

Precious's owners were not allowed to be present during the euthanization process, nor were they allowed to know when and where the euthanization occurred. Crowder set an Aug. 31 deadline for the euthanization.

The dog's owners were granted possession of the remains to dispose of as they saw fit, according to Crowder's order.

Michael McCauley on June 23 paid $500 to the Madison County Animal Control Facility as boarding costs for the dog.

A personal injury suit had been filed by Mallorie Vest of Godfrey against the dog's owners, Gregory and Patricia Gelzinnis, also of Godfrey.

In the June 1 lawsuit filed as a miscellaneous remedy case, Vest, 19, claimed she sustained injuries, requiring surgery, when she was attacked by Precious on May 23. Vest claimed Precious attacked at least three others since August 2009 and that the dog should be deemed vicious.

Crowder had ordered the Gelzinnises to pay for the cost of Precious's incarceration.

The Gelzinneses and Bluff City Tours were named in a 2009 lawsuit filed by plaintiff Pamela Moore, who claimed her arm was bitten by Precious.

Madison County Judge David Hylla on Aug. 31, 2010 signed a stipulation for dismissal, stating the parties agreed the case be dismissed with each party bearing costs.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 12 MR 138.

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