All About Reilly Canine: Dog Two of the MC Quad

May 5th, 2011 - The first day we were allowed access to evaluate the 4 dogs at Monroe County Animal Control. The dogs had been there since the beginning of March. We gave them basic vaccines and flea preventatives, assessed their overall condition, etc. The dogs were in in flimsy temporary kennels, about an inch separating each kennel from the next. We never saw any aggression between the dogs.

Evaluations by Joanie Wazney, Director of Operations, Buster Foundation. Assisted by Margaret Svoboda and Trina Stillwagon

First Meeting/Contact at location: Monroe County Animal Control: Thurday, 5-5-11

Summary: General Assessment and Evaluations

Reilly, approximately 4 plus years old, red/fawn, intact male weighing approximately 75 lbs. Body condition was very good although he has a growth/papilloma on his L side shoulder and he also has a 1/4 inch old hyper-pigmented scar on the underside of his R ear pinna. There were no fresh abrasions/wounds or any old scarring anywhere else on him.

He was very excited to be on lead and is a powerfully strong dog. He was accepting and tolerant of all petting and stroking, not even protesting during cleaning/handling his ears, opening his mouth, holding his paws and tail. He took treats from my hand and tolerated my reaching in his food bowl and eating his kibble and canned food out of my hand. Medium, low-tail wag, relaxed ears, he was easily redirected and very eager to bask in the attention. A bit distracted at times but not at all unusual for the commotion that was occurring at the time. There was no reaction to me administering his vaccines and anti-parasitics. Reilly appears to be a well-balanced dog.

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Educational documents submitted as evidence (Matrix used by evaluators throughout process).

A. Traits and Characteristic: Pit Bull and Pit Bull Type Dogs

B. Evaluation Matrix: Four Categories for Measuring Dog Tolerance Levels

May 6th, 2011 - This day was our first "official" round of evaluations (temperament testing: food tests).

Evaluations by Trina Stillwagon, General Manager, MSPCA. Assisted by Lauren Mosher.

Location: MCAC - Common outside area: Friday, 5-6-11

Initial/Intake Assessment and Evaluation Notations by Trina Stillwagon, General Manager, MSPCA.
Reilly DOB: 3-5 yoa
Breed: P
B (APBT–X) Sex: Male - In
ID/License #:
11-0488 (02) Color/Markings: Fawn
Monroe SPCA Evaluator/Tester:
Trina Stillwagon
Margaret Svoboda

Summary of Follow-up Assessment and Evaluation: Appropriate behavior/responses. Overall appears to be a friendly, attentive dog. Exhibited no signs of fear, resentment (people/dog) – no aggression, timidness, hand-shyness, guarding, cowering, or fearfulness. Accepts and tolerates all handling, touching, petting, examination easily/readily. No agitation/reactiveness toward other dogs (kennel-mates). Somewhat distracted – but quick and eager to please with good responses/attentiveness to praise/encouragement and redirection/correction. Some "dominant" marking noted (expected). Overall disposition/temperament appears sound – tolerant – balanced and responsive.

Notations/Recommendations: Reilly exhibits Tolerance Level 1 to Level 2 dog tolerance traits. Friendly, attentive, social, and interactive when prompted – somewhat easily distracted – well balanced/responsive – quick/eager to please – accepts all correction/redirection. Tolerant/accepting of people and new situations. Little to no interest in other dogs/non-reactive. Appears to have had basic obedience training – knows commands sit, stay, heel, give paw, give kisses, etc. Start/continue leadership/good manners on lead training, social interaction, daily exercise routine. Recommend foster home placement with experienced handler - asap Follow-up evaluation in two-four weeks plus continue as needed/appropriate. Good candidate for adoption with proper placement/experienced adopter (no children under the age of 12 at this time/until further evaluation).

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May 9th, 2011 - This is the day Monroe SPCA and Buster Foundation discover Monroe and Reilly severly injured, according to MCAC personnel, after we left on Friday, 5-6-11. MCAC did not provide treatment or veterinary care to either of the injured dogs as required by Michigan law. Dusty and Razzle were not injured.

Summary by Margaret Svoboda, Director, Buster Foundation.

Location: MCAC - 5-9-11

Notes on Reilly: Reilly seems to be on edge. He is acting suspicious and guarded. This is not the confident Reilly that I first met only a few days ago. Reilly has a 2" gash on his left rear leg facing outward. This gash appears to go almost to the bone, it is filled with puss and the outer potion of the wound appears to be dead flesh that will likely need to be removed so that it can heal properly. On the back of this same leg he has deep scratches just to the left of his testicles. This leg is swollen to twice the size of his right leg. Reilly's right front leg is very swollen also. This leg has over 50 puncture wounds that are too small to be dog bites. On the inside of his ear there is a chunk of flesh just barely hanging on. Reilly is clearly shaken up and in pain but he allows us to examine him, clean his wounds and administer meds. After our exam one of the male members of Buster comes and Reilly is very untrusting and even barks to let him know that he does not trust him. Later in the day he starts to relax a bit and allows a male to approach him.



May 19th, 2011 - This was our follow-up evaluation (temperament testing).

Evaluations by Trina Stillwagon, General Manager, MSPCA. Assisted by Margaret Svoboda.

Location: Training Center: Indoor/outdoor: Friday, 5-19-11

Follow-up Assessment and Evaluation Notations
Name: Reilly DOB: 3-5 yoa
Breed: PB (APBT–X) Sex: Male - In
ID/License #: 11-0488 (02) Color/Markings: Fawn
Evaluator/Tester: Trina Stillwagon
Assisting: Margaret Svoboda

Summary of Follow-up Assessment and Evaluation: Intelligent, well-balanced, attentive, active, and
social w/people. Little or no interest in other dogs – non-reactive. Eager to please – very strong dog on
lead. Adjusts easily/well to new situations. Well balanced and responsive to humans leadership – accepts
all correction/redirection. Some tense body language and focus (change) with rawhide chew. No other
remarkable changes noted.

Notations/Recommendations: Reilly exhibits as a Level 2 dog-tolerant dog. Very adoptable.
Recommend immediate placement in foster home (asap). Continue training, social interaction and daily
exercise routines (emphasis on leadership and leash training plus resource protecting/guarding [potential]).
and proper placement/appropriate match with experienced owner/adopter. Adoption Readiness Category 2,
adoption placement restriction recommendations at this time – no children under 12 – single dog placement
only – emphasis on continue good manners training and socialization with other dogs. Expect restrictions
to change.

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June 27th, 2011 - The Prosecution's "Expert" evaluator, Dr. Katherine Houpt, DVM, PhD arrived at the Monroe Co. Animal Control to evaluate the 4 dogs. These are the videos of her FAILING assessment of Reilly. 

Actual notes from Dr. Houpt's written assessment are as follows:

Dog  212 in cage 34 brow[n] male Reilly

bark at approach and stare  avoids squat

no reaction to hand when petting or when eating

avoided doll and witch

snapped at male dog  not female

The results of the testing indicates that the following animals: the two males Monroe 207 Reilly 212 that both demonstrated aggression to other dogs and one female Dusty 206 who snarled at the doll should be humanely euthanized because of their lack of any useful purpose and the public safety threat the pose." MCL 750.49(18) aggressive whereas Dog 210 Razzle --- may be safe

Katherine Albro Houpt VMD PhD
Professor emeritus
Cornell University

Reilly 1 (Houpt Test Points 1, 2, 3)

Intimidating, eye contact - standing, eye-level, crouching 1 min each


Reilly 2 (Test Points 5 and 8)

Hand test, food test, doll test


Reilly 3 (Test Point 9)

Witch/Stranger test

Reilly 4 (Sparring and Teasing, Apparently substituted for test point 4, which was never performed. Test point 4 should have been "A strange dog led past the kennel.")

Reilly 5 (Sparring and Teasing with female dog, same as above.)


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