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Kim the Dog ‘off the hook’ as court ‘generalizes stay’ on order for destruction

Kim, the little Rack Russell whose plight attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands at home and abroad has been given the chance at a new start. An order for Kim to be put down was issued earlier this year after she bit a passerby outside her owner’s rural house in Roscommon in March. 

Last month Gript reported that Judge Karen Fergus had agreed to stay the order for Kim’s destruction on condition that certain conditions relating to dog control be put in place by Kim’s 85 year old owner, Donal Rogers. 

The judge also ordered that​​ compensation in the amount of €5,000 be paid to the complainant, Ms Breid Greene, along with Greene’s legal costs of about €1,500.

During the subsequent hearing this week, Judge Fergus expressed her satisfaction that sufficient measures had been put in place and the order to have the little Jack Russell put down was permanently stayed, meaning Kim will be allowed to live out her days with her loving owner. 

Donal Rogers has previously expressed his sincere and heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support and concern for both himself and his four legged friend. 

Thanks to the support of Dublin based barrister Ben Clarke and solicitor Kieran Friel, Donal was able to re-approach the courts and plead for Kim’s life. 

Both Clarke and Friel offered their legal services free of charge to Donal after seeing Gript’s coverage of the case which was first reported on last June. 

At that time Donal was independently making efforts to settle the case but his pleas to have Kim’s life spared had thus far fallen on deaf ears

In an emotional letter to the bitten woman he had promised to put in place a series of measures to ensure that Kim would not be able to bite anyone else, emphasising that she had never bitten anyone before. 

A petition to Save Kim started by Assumpta Gaffney was widely shared and received 176,876 signatures. Emma Kinsella who felt that the little dog deserved another chance as she had ‘made one mistake’, set up a gofundme to help Donal cover the costs of erecting a fence to secure his property.

Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais also publicly expressed his sadness at Kim’s plight and shared Gript’s story about the judge’s initial move to stay the destruction order last month.

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