URGENT: Please Help Save Phineas

Phineas is a sweet, friendly dog who has been unjustly labeled vicious and has been given a death sentence. He allegedly bit a girl after she fell on his human sister. The bite mark looks far more like that of a human than a dog. If the bite was powerful enough to leave marks for all the other teeth, there would undoubtedly have been deep impressions in the corners where the long canine teeth would have sunk in. Phineas has been quarantined and moved to undisclosed locations where he has been kept in a cage in basements, with only a pallet to sleep on. He has developed pressure ulcers as a result of being caged for months. Despite the fact that Phineas was deemed not vicious by a behavioral expert, and that the girl’s mother recanted her story about Phineas biting her daughter, the judge ignored all testimony and sided with Salem, Missouri mayor Gary Brown’s hearing report. The mayor refuses to sign an order to vacate the euthanasia sentence, and supporters are hoping that having this story in the media as much as possible, as well as having petitions signed, will change the city officials’ minds if they see how foolish, stubborn and cruel they are being.


The Sanders children, particularly Lexi (left), are absolutely distraught that their dog has been unjustly seized and sentenced to death.

The following is a statement from a representative of Saving Dogs of Missouri:

“June 22, 2012, Kendall Woolman and Lexi Sanders, both age seven, were in the back yard of the Sanders home. Phineas was on a cable tie out because he sometimes would decide to become adventurous and get out of their fenced yard.

When it was time for Kendall to leave to go home and she was going out the gate, Lexi tripped over the cable tie-out that Phineas was attached to and both girls fell at the same time at the gate opening. When Kendall got up, she started crying and said that Phineas bit her. There were no adult witnesses to the incident.

Kendall’s mother took her to the ER advising the staff that her bruise was a dog bite. The hospital was required to report the incident to the authorities and based their diagnosis on what the mother reported to them. The wound did not even require a bandaid and there has been speculation that the wound is not a dog bite; that perhaps she fell on something in the yard and only thought that Phineas had mouthed her since he was right there when she was getting up from her fall. Comparing a photo of the bruise with a photo of Phineas teeth leaves that possibility open and the attorneys are seeking the advice of dental forensics.”

When comparing human and canine teeth and marks, it seems obvious that the bite inflicted on Kendall was from a person.

Canine jaw structure
Human bite marks

“Later that evening, local police seized Phineas from the Sanders’ home for quarantine because the Sanders were not able to immediately produce records that he was up to date with vaccinations. Phineas had been taken to the vet for shots previously but needed treatment for another issue and the vet wanted to wait with the vaccinations until the other issue was cleared up. Unfortunately, the Sanders family forgot to follow up so Phineas was not up to date on vaccinations.

Mayor Gary Brown requested a behavioral evaluation by Veterinarian J J Tune, Dental County Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Tune’s evaluation indicated that Phineas was healthy and not a vicious dog. There is conjecture that Dr. Tune was going to be asked to be the hearing examiner on the case but when his report came back that Phineas was not vicious, the Mayor instead appointed himself hearing commissioner, jury and judge and declared Phineas a vicious dog and ordered him to be killed. His reason was that he was told of previous bite incidents by the victim’s mother though there were no reports or documented evidence of same.

The Sanders filed a temporary restraining order to try to save Phineas and for nine months until the case came to trial, Phineas was boarded at the Dent County Animal Welfare Society and the Sanders family was assessed more than $1000 in boarding fees for his incarceration. When the case finally came to trial in March 2013, the previous bites were disproven during court testimony by the children involved and the victim’s mother has also recently recanted that there were previous bites. However, the Judge chose to ignore testimony and based his decision solely on the Mayor’s hearing report, agreeing that Phineas should be killed. Local animal control appeared at the Dent County Animal Welfare Society on March 22nd and removed Phineas to an undisclosed location.

Shortly thereafter, on April 15th, the Saving Dogs of Missouri group was contacted for assistance who in turn contacted The Lexus Project for legal assistance and work began to Save Phineas.

Following a town council meeting on May 6th with attendance by several people supporting Phineas and a newspaper article in the local paper the following day, Austin Denton, a volunteer firefighter with the Dent County Fire Protection District happened to see the newspaper article which referenced the Save Phineas Facebook page and came forward with information of Phineas’ whereabouts. He was being caged in the dark, damp basement of the firehouse and given a wooden pallet to sleep on which left ulcers on his legs.

Austin, along with a couple of his friends, began feeding/watering/caring for Phineas and cleaning up the excrement in his cage until Fire Chief Nash, who previously told Austin that he was housing the dog for a friend who was out of town, advised Austin that he was not to do anything further for the dog and not to return to the basement.

Within a couple of days, the city was aware that Phineas’ whereabouts were known so they then moved him to yet another undisclosed location, a pump house at the city’s water tower, where he remained for a couple days and then moved a third time to yet another undisclosed location.

During this time, supporters of Phineas were contacting officials with the State of Missouri complaining that the city was holding Phineas in unlicensed locations and finally on Monday, May 13, an inspector with the Missouri Department of Agriculture paid a visit to the City (who brought Phineas to her instead of taking her to where he was held.) As a result, Phineas was moved to the Dent County Veterinary Clinic with Dr. J J Tune caring for him (and the owners are being assessed a $10 per day boarding fee while there) but are allowed now to visit him and he has been allowed other visitors as well.

During all of this time from June 22, 2012 to present and in the conditions Phineas has endured, not once has he been anything but kind to everyone who has come in contact with him.”

“Mayor Brown has been advised that Kendall’s mother has recanted what she said about previous bites but thus far, Mayor Brown has refused to initiate action to vacate the order to euthanize Phineas. Along the way, it seems there was a conspiracy of sorts to have Phineas stolen or disappear to which Mayor Brown agreed in another news clip that if that were to happen, he would not pursue the case further.

Thus far, no one has been able to convince the city officials that this matter could all go away if they would simply vacate the order and although a copy of the Missouri statute has been provided to them indicating that is possible, the city attorney is saying that filing an appeal on the initial judgment has circumvented the possibility of that (which is ludicrous.) And now Mayor Brown has said on tape that if he had correct information about previous bites before the attorneys compounded matters, he would have considered changing his mind. Unfortunately, we hear one excuse after another. He has changed his story about as often as the wind blows and Phineas continues to pay the price and be kept away from the family that loves him. They know, however, that in this small, rural, backwards town of Salem MO, that Phineas will not be safe if returned to their home. There have been threats against them and Phineas. They love him enough and want him safe to the point that they have agreed to let him be rehomed out of the area.

At this point in the legal process, a motion to appeal has been filed and will be heard in the Southern District Court of Appeals in Springfield MO but we certainly hope an agreement to release Phineas can be reached prior to going through that process which could take many more months out of Phineas’ life. He’s already given a year (7 in human years,) isn’t that enough of a punishment for something he didn’t do?

At this writing, the Save Phineas page has close to 131,000 Fans from around the world and a petition on Change.org has approximately 43,000 signatures, asking the City of Salem to Vacate the Judgment. The officials who can make these things happen have thus far refused and by doing so, are looking quite ignorant to the rest of the world and gaining a reputation for their town that will not soon be overcome. The City of Salem depends on tourism income from Montauk State Park visitors. A Friends of Phineas group has indicated that a Boycott Salem campaign is forthcoming, and have advised the Board of Directors of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.”

Phineas’ Facebook page:


The Sanders family is being charged for Phineas’ boarding fees, and a fundraiser has been started to help them cover the costs:


This story deserves national coverage.  Please, take a few minutes to contact media sources:








“Below is a listing of some of the news media links covering the story thus far. I have not included the local Salem newspaper article links in that their reporting was very slanted, understandably so I assume, but also not factual and was more of an editorial nature than reporting or good journalism.”

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  1. Trish Heather-Hayes says on  06/01/2013 at 3:03 pm

    Obviously a man who is not an animal lover…he needs to learn to have some COMPASSION and look beyond his own box ….he would be surprised at how it would turn his world around. !!

  2. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:12 pm

    Please don’t kill Phineas..you have no grounds now and still you won’t change the orders, WHY??? Aren’t enough innocent dogs euthanized everyday from over crowded shelters, you have the power to not add to this heartbreak, PLEASE

    • Maggie says on  06/03/2013 at 10:10 am

      this is ridiculous its obvious the dog was snapping at something else and bit the child by accident horrible story do not kill the dog I was bit many times by my dog no one did this what has happened to our society that we feel at every turn we can kill an animal.

      • Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 1:50 pm

        Why is it obvious that the dog was snapping at anything? Too many have made too many assumptions in the past and it has ended up with a euthanasia order for the dog.

  3. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:18 pm

    This is heartbreaking. obviously this poor dog does not deserve this. SAVE HIM NOW !!!!!

  4. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:20 pm

    After reading the story it is not only saddening but sickening what this family and dog is enduring. There are no grounds for this decision, and only heartbreak for the dog and his family. Let’s be reasonable here….How would you feel if it were your dog, your family, your kids heartache…..? Please do the right thing here.

  5. Mark Rees says on  06/01/2013 at 3:21 pm

    Mayor Brown sounds like a pompous, self-important blowhard with no compassion or humanity. If I were the family of Phineas, I would watch Mayor Brown VERY CAREFULLY to make sure he doesn’t take the law into his own hands before the Court of Appeal gives its verdict.

  6. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:25 pm

    How come there’s no indication who wrote this? Lot on inaccuracies in this. Lexus Project is profiteering and trying to keep the dog away from the family, forcing them to sign an agreement to give the dog up. The dog should be released immediately back to his family. The Lexus Project needs to be investigated. There have been no threats to anyone reported to police, there were not two previous dog bites. Lexus Project needs to start telling the truth and stop the propoganda that lines their pockets. Lexi is waiting for her dog to come home, not be shipped away from her forever—and the Lexus Project’s comment? They’ll get over it.

    • Jess says on  06/01/2013 at 3:57 pm

      Do you have proof of this?

      • Angie G. says on  06/01/2013 at 11:10 pm

        I know the owners and there have been threats. In this town you don’t run to the police, they are all connected. Police, actor, town attorney, etc.

        It’s sad but true.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:22 pm

      Where do you get your information? Do you have any proof, or proven fact? Why anonymous? Who are you and why should anyone believe you? I think you’re one of the crazies out in the world! It’s easy to check the background of TLP, what I’ve seen is all good. It’s all ready been decided that Phineas CANNOT go home to his original family, other sources have announced this over and over, yet you state “The dog should be released immediately back to his family”. You are the one that doesn’t have the story right.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 6:12 pm

      June Maxam is anonymous. She is a blogger and if you do a google search,look at what you come up with. She’s been arrested for harassment once already and is known “out there” as truly “out there.

      Sad pathetic woman.

    • Julie says on  06/01/2013 at 6:15 pm
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    • SASNC says on  06/01/2013 at 9:43 pm

      I believe that I read that the family is afraid that Phineas may not be safe in their home and just want his life spared and that he be rehomed with a loving family far away from those who are trying to carry out this injustice.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 10:26 pm

      Did you actually read the entire article? You are proving your own foolishness in your comments by saying things that were stated obviously in the article were obfuscated in it.

    • Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 1:21 pm

      Actually it would behoove YOU to do your homework. Before Lexus, the plan was not to bring this dog home because of threats. And who would the owners report the threats to? So far we have the Mayor, City Administrator, Fire Chief, prosecuting attorney and the judge involved in this farce? Yes, there were real threats. The owners still have the texts saved. Remember we do have the mayor taperecorded on a conversation discussing a plan that involved the City Administrator that would make Phineas disappear. Don’t know what your beef is with Lexus but stick to what is real and fact please.

  7. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:29 pm

    Please forward this to the appropriate person. Phineas does NOT appear to be a vicious dog. Surely the people (police? pound?) can so this by now. Please let this dear animal go home.

  8. Pete Byle says on  06/01/2013 at 3:30 pm

    I think hospitals should not be required to report such incidents on less getting a release from the patient. Because to me, sending a report like that with out a patients okay. Is a violation of doctor/patient confidentiality.

  9. Jessica says on  06/01/2013 at 3:32 pm

    This whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. That bruise is obviously not from a dog bite! It’s bad enough that Salem’s city officials are incompetent, but the hospital staff too?

  10. Kate says on  06/01/2013 at 3:32 pm

    It should be put forth there is a family in Arizona who has a large, blocked in yard that is willing to take this dog and house him.

    I am willing to “take the chance” on a dog that is so obviously friendly, well-behaved, loved and loving that I would be honored to give this dog a home. No questions asked by either and I have checked with authorities here and they say “no problem”…

    So please if this is an only option, I am more than willing to take this dog and place him with my family at my house and give him the chance he so richly deserves…and the family can at least be assured he will be happy, well fed, well taken care of

  11. M. McKee says on  06/01/2013 at 3:33 pm

    Maybe the mayor and judge should be put down….

  12. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:34 pm

    Being a dog groomer i have been bitten many times. Dogs don’t bite with their mouth, they leave a semicircle from each jaw because they use their canines upward to bite. All my dog bites look just like that

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:27 pm

      your statement is not clearly understood. Bite “upward”, what does that mean? and at the end you say your bites look like “that”. Like which picture, please?

      • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:33 pm

        She has no clue, she is NOT a dog groomer, read her comments further down. This person stating she is a groomer is the grandmother of the kid who *lied* and said Phineas bit her. She keeps posting gibberish in response to articles on Phineas case. She is grasping at straws and she knows it! She probably bit the kid herself with her dentures and they got stuck on the kids tummy, hence the suction looking mark.

    • Joe Random says on  06/01/2013 at 8:34 pm

      “Dogs don’t bite with their mouths”
      Of course not, they bite with their asses. Everyone knows that.

    • Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 12:07 am

      “Dogs don’t bite with their mouth.” So how DO they bite? And “ALL” your dog bites? How many times can you say you’ve been mauled? I’ve had dogs my entire life, and I’ve been bitten once (she was in pain and dying) and nipped plenty of times during play. I’ve seen the result of large dogs giving a single chomp to people who have accidentally fallen on them, and there were some jagged gashes and chunks of skin missing. I have NEVER seen such a perfectly oval dog bite. When my dog clamped down on my arm out of pain, there were much deeper marks from her canines. I still have the scars. Look at the picture – no canine marks, but all the other teeth bit down hard. No way in hell is what Kendall has anything other than human.

    • Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 6:56 pm

      That is not true. You are lying.

  13. dj says on  06/01/2013 at 3:34 pm

    Any fool can plainly see that those “bite marks” are NOT from the mouth and any dog.
    What the hell is the matter with these people? Are they truly stupid or just plain evil? Someone needs to start a lawsuit against them NOW.

  14. Marianne says on  06/01/2013 at 3:38 pm

    I thikk Child Welfare should get involved! If this is the bite that the chid had,she needs help as much as that poor dog! Tell me someone has called! I will keep a close eye on this,my Mother works for the State of N.H.

  15. Maliysa says on  06/01/2013 at 3:40 pm

    This is crazy and in humane we live in the USA our dogs are family if the judge and the mayor allow this dog to die there is a special place in hell for them.
    Do something good or if I was them in would worry about my after lift.

  16. Marty Z. says on  06/01/2013 at 3:43 pm

    Aww, c’mon, Mayor Brown, ‘fess up. If you had the authority to take over this case, then you have the power to end this fiasco that you created.

  17. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:45 pm

    It amazes me that the mayor is still in office .he would be ridden out of town in my area, if he has no compassion for this animal, and only shows his pompous ,sneaky attitude..he deserves what he gets in karma, that poor dog needs to go home with his family..any idiot can see its a human bite..and this Wayna Woolrich needs to be investigated,fined and jailed for her bs lies, this sounds like a case if child abuse on her part..and she blames a dog…sickening..that is the real injustice…abuse right under the stupid mayor’s nose…Boycott Salem..and oust his ass out..before your town becomes the laughing stock of the nation…people wake up!

  18. Coni Patrick says on  06/01/2013 at 3:49 pm

    That does not look like anything but a bite inflicted by a human.
    Little children sometimes tell dramatic stories for the attention it gets for them, even if its not a true story.
    It’s a real shame that a judge and a mayor have not had enough life experience to recognize that, and the fact that the bite mark couldn’t have been made by a dog.
    I think someone has an agenda, or very fragile ego.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:06 pm

      The kids grandmother raised a lot of drama over this, I am guessing she is personal friends with the mayor and/or related to him or some butt kisser on city council, probably a $$ generous supporter of his. The actual parents of the kid who claimed she was bitten, recanted their stories several times, changing it even in court. The kid herself admitted that she did not really know how she got the bruise. From the reports actually filed in court, she fell against the gate onto Phineas human sister, maybe she accidently bit her when they collided and fell. I think this family next door, have finally realized what their lies have caused to, the family, animal supporters all over the World and most importantly, to Phineas. What a messed up town. Yikes. I would never visit there, nor would ever wish anyone outside of that town would. Creepy place.

  19. sandra link busbee says on  06/01/2013 at 3:55 pm

    PLEASE PLEASE let this innocent animal be free. he has endured enough for something he didn’t do. i guarantee u if this dog was with any of the people who want him destroyed & danger arose he would defend them with his life. think about that long & hard & release him please. enough is enough!!!!!

  20. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 3:56 pm

    That is a human bite dogs don’t leave hickies when they bite!

  21. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:05 pm

    Send him back to family!!!

  22. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:07 pm

    Mayor you have no sole

  23. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:08 pm

    This is defiantly not a dog bite. I have been following Phineas story for a while now and this is just ridiculous. Everyone knows labs are not aggressive dogs. To me this is all about money. Let the poor dog go for heaven sakes! Maybe the girl that got bit is using Phineas as a cover up for something else???? Sad

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:38 pm

      Like abuse at home? I felt that could be a possible, and someone above said child welfare should be contacted, I agree.

  24. Scott Mitchell says on  06/01/2013 at 4:09 pm

    I feel very compelled to put the mayor through the exact same conditions that he’s placed this dog. Don’t panic if the mayor disappears for a tear. I promise you when he resurfaces he will love all animals and respect all life!!!

  25. summer says on  06/01/2013 at 4:10 pm

    free phineas!!!! those are not a dogs bite marks, ive been bitten, they leave a puncture wound from their canines, especially considering how big the dog in questions mouth is, its not fair and if the mother of the child recanted it then they should be forced to let the dog go, personally i think they should just steal their dog back, i would!

  26. WJ says on  06/01/2013 at 4:13 pm

    This is like something from a small town horror story…really people! I live in Missouri, only where I come from there are no small town vigilante…they would be escorted out of the area, along with the people that support them. This is a dog that has served his time for sure – not some child abuser! This story REALLY NEEDS TO GO NATIONAL! Has the dog not received enough intentional abuse by this administration…don’t they have laws about stealing??? Bring in some educated unbiased experts to decide this dogs fate. There are so many willing to take him…let him go and save the city of Salem from this disgraceful record of backwoods mentality!!

    • Scout says on  06/02/2013 at 3:35 pm

      I think it’s too late to “save the city of Salem from this disgraceful record of backwoods mentality.” Sounds to me like that’s a pretty apt description of just about everyone in a position of authority. They should be ashamed of themselves. The government there is definitely not “for the people.”

  27. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 4:40 pm

    This is such a joke! I am glad so many people are experts on dog bites. At first the dog “mouthed” her then when the actual report came out with pictures now you want to say that it is a human bite! For real? Shame on Charlotte from the animal shelter and the animal rights people for making Salem the laughing stock of the country. If he was my dog and I love dogs I would have had him put to sleep myself. I wouldn’t need my five minutes of fame at our town’s expense!

    • LJD says on  06/01/2013 at 4:51 pm

      You couldn’t possibly love dogs and write what you did! The mayor and city officials and judge are the ones embarrassing YOUR town! Check your resources for facts on who is saying what, that would be a good start to educate your ignorant self.

      • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:25 pm

        That was the granny of the kid. She keeps making comments similar to that one in numerous articles on this story. She has no common sense nor any compassion. I almost thought this Salem was the one where the history of witches were, I definitely know the grandmother is an evil person to the core.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:23 pm

      Would not take a Rocket Scientist to guess you are the infamous old granny of the kid who has no clue what happened to her, she just said whatever her parents told her to.

      Debbie S right? haha

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:23 pm

      really, everybody is stupid but you, the dog was tied up on his property, if he did mouth the kid and left a mark, he was defending his family, but it seems everyone, don’t know a human bite, but you. Your not much of an animal lover, if you would just put your animal down that easily. most people consider their dog family so if your kid bit my kid, what drastic measures would you take.

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 11:55 pm

      You dumbass loser! How bout we put your dumbass to sleep for being ignorant? We need to rid the world of stupid people like you. What? Are you a bite expert or something? You don’t even sound like you have a grade school education so get a life because you are the only joke on this page! Shame on you for being so stupid!

    • Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 2:16 am


    • Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 8:11 am

      Oh grandma, get over yourself.

  28. Dawn says on  06/01/2013 at 4:43 pm

    I think the JUDGE should be euthanized. Never met him and don`t care to. What a dumb person to be holding such a prestigeous job. May he rot in H…!

  29. LJD says on  06/01/2013 at 4:45 pm

    Why has it taken so long for this “bite” to be examined? Are all these people, neighbors, hospital examiner, mayor, judge, and even a vet just plain stupid? Did they even check to see if the little girls “bruise” was fresh, or that she made up things, or was indeed being abused? I can’t help it, this story has this old woman just sick all over. I’m not only hoping, I’m praying. If you believe, please pray with me, prayer to our Heavenly Father is very powerful.

  30. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 5:22 pm

    Having just looked at he pictures without reading anything yet, I immediately thought that is NOT a dog bite. I certainly hope this poor dog is released for what he obviously did not do!!!

  31. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 6:20 pm

    Can we call
    The mayor?

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 10:35 pm

      I’ve been sending the asshole mayor emails. I’d call him and scream at him if I thought I could think of anything “helpful” to say.

    • Angie G. says on  06/01/2013 at 11:17 pm

      What would you like to call him?

  32. Betty says on  06/01/2013 at 6:51 pm


  33. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 6:52 pm

    I have been bitten by a dog and that is NOT a dog bit at all I hope u get your dog home !!!

  34. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 6:56 pm

    i really hope this wont turn out as the Lennox case

  35. jacqueline steeledefo dog being framed to save the human that bit hef says on  06/01/2013 at 6:57 pm

    Defo dog being framed for human that bit her.

  36. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:00 pm

    It is obvious that is not a dog bite! How stupid do you have to be to not see that! And then to compound the issue by lies and deceit and bullheadedness that the mayor and his co-conspirators in the city makes is even more ridiculous and appalling. I, for one, am boycotting the city of Salem Missouri! Shame on you all!

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:18 pm

      I am pretty confident their tourism is going to make them appear a *Ghost Town* after all this ridiculous behavior by the Mayor and his lackeys. When one browses sites on the internet for information on a place they may vacation to, many check Wikipedia. It gives relevant information and shares *big events* known to the place being searched. I checked, two main events were noted, one being the case of Phineas other one, a person trying to use the computer at their local library was denied searching Indigenous peoples information as they deem them to be part of the Occult. Omg, seriously!

  37. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:00 pm

    If there is no precedent, create one! With enough media coverage and public awareness, Mayor Brown will be serving his last term in the office. This is outrageous, in humane, and most of all, incorrect. It uncovers potential features of the justice system which reveal its corrupt boundaries. If such acts of inhumanity and unjust treatment can apply to something as defenceless as a dog, and furthermore one already proved innocent, where will it stop, and what precedent will it create for future cases? Although considered trivial by most due to the nature of the species, the implication of constitutionally related issues still stands. A wake up call for many!

    • Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:11 pm

      If you check the Wikipedia, Salem Missouri, you will no doubt agree that town is not a pleasant place to live for positive, kind, animal loving people. Oh, and they were sued for being racist too. Nice place hey?

  38. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:02 pm

    Well, the mayor is an idiot, and that will show come next local election

  39. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:19 pm

    wtf?! the wound have a bruised area near the center. i’m no expert but there is no bitte, human or canine, that could leave a bruise apart of the teeth area. the girl didnt hit something on the fence or something?

    • Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 1:27 pm

      Can you say shoeprint? The melee started when one girl tripped over the other….

  40. ayvee says on  06/01/2013 at 7:25 pm

    Please tell viewers what they can do or what you need them to do to help Phineas. Your dog must be freed NOW!

  41. Jocelyn says on  06/01/2013 at 7:29 pm

    Once again, an innocent animal is at the mercy of humans. Let’s hope this time, the outcome is better for the dog and its family. Even it were a dog bite – and there is no way it could be by the bruises… the child will survive. If indeed the child “Fell” on the dog – it was an accident and in no way a “vicious” attack. Save the poor dog!

  42. julia says on  06/01/2013 at 7:34 pm

    send this dog home to the children you are breaking their hearts.

  43. Ruth Jung says on  06/01/2013 at 7:40 pm

    Please save Phineas,please……..

  44. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:47 pm

    “ We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animals shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.” Henry Beston, “Written on a wall at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C.


  45. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:50 pm

    please please do not kill this innocent animal

  46. karen Kabel says on  06/01/2013 at 7:54 pm

    please save the dog-those look like a human bite-not an animal bite.

  47. Jms says on  06/01/2013 at 7:55 pm

    Save phineas. He’s innocent and needs patience and understanding. He’s being punished for the a fault, not his own. I’ve never seen a dog be punished so harshly as this. In Pa the make the owner quarantine dog to the house for 10 days.

  48. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 7:59 pm

    Wow really, i am a dog groomer. Not sure why someone decided i have been making other posts bc i haven’t. I mean that dogs do not use their entire mouth to bite. They use their canines and the teeth forwards of that. Google dog bite bruises and you will see what i am talking about

    • Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 12:23 am

      but there should be punctures where the canine teeth would have bitten down. With the molars cutting in that hard on the sides, there is no way you wouldn’t see holes from the canines. Besides, I did google dog bite bruises, and the majority of them aren’t perfectly human shaped and sized marks.

  49. April Wilk says on  06/01/2013 at 8:03 pm

    Please save Phineas!

  50. Timothy Cardoso says on  06/01/2013 at 8:46 pm

    Do not put this dog down.

  51. animal lover says on  06/01/2013 at 8:53 pm

    It makes me sick to see the courts are quick to judge animals the way they do.why? u treat murders better than phineas ! If the shoe was on the other foot they would do anything in there power. to keep there dog.u all must be dumb and blind.why didn’t they report the other bites?cause the dog never bit the girl at all.investigate the parents first then deside.if a dog bit my children for no reason i woud report it but not make up bullshit story or tell my child to say things.i think that the family of phineas should sue the other family for all the bullshit that they have put them through and phineas…hope all goes well for u and phineas…..

  52. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 9:39 pm

    Save this precious family member!

  53. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 9:40 pm

    It was June of 2012 when the incident happened not 2013.

  54. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 10:05 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong but according to the date, it hasn’t even happened yet

  55. Jeanne says on  06/01/2013 at 10:21 pm

    Why does someone, the judge, the mayor, the humane society, or rescue groups in Salem, MO call to see if Best Friends Animal Society in Utah would be willing to take Phineas. I’m sure if you would explain what is going on…show the pictures, and let them take a look at Phineas they would be willing to help to keep another loving dog from being put down. Look at what they have done with the “Vick” Dogs!!! Give them a call their phone number is: (435) 644-2001
    their address is: 5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, UT 84741
    website: http://bestfriends.org
    I’m sure more then enough people would be willing to help with the expense of getting Phineas to them. Give the her a chance to find love again and to know love!!!!

  56. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 11:44 pm

    This is not a dog bite and Mayor Brown is a cold hearted… man who is only thinking of himself… and sooner or later he will not have very many people at all that will want anything to do with him… I feel sorry for such a human being as he is….. sorry to be so blunt…but it is the Truth… and may God forgive him…. because he is going to need it… and everyone else that helped put the farce of a story together…

  57. Anonymous says on  06/01/2013 at 11:49 pm

    That little brat that bit her needs to be spanked and punished for letting an innocent dog take the blame. One of those damn kids did that. Way to go for looking like a bunch of jackasses! Want me to prove it to you mayor? I’ll let my dog bite you on the ass and you can compare the marks!! You suck!!

  58. Meghan C. says on  06/02/2013 at 12:17 am

    Please do not do this to this precious life…..save phineas and the hearts of the family!

  59. Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 12:21 am

    It looks to me like it could be a dog bite. If you google “dog bite bruise” a whole lot of dog bite pictures with that exact shape pop up. You can’t tell me that every one of them is actually having a human bite them and then lying about it. You have to realize that only some of the dog’s teeth are biting down onto the child. It isn’t like biting onto a flat piece of paper. The child’s side isn’t going to fit all the way into the dog’s mouth.

    Also, the example image of a human bite mark that you provided isn’t the norm. It looks like someone took latex and squished some of those orthodontist teeth molds into it or something. Once again, I have to point out that IF a person were to bite the child’s side, only part of their mouth would be able to get around it. It would NOT be a full set of human teeth imprinted there. Then you also have to consider that the typically human bite mark would make an oval shape BUT in the opposite direction of the mark on the child. Bite mark forensics are complicated.

    I do think the child was bit by Phineas but I don’t think he did it in a vicious way and if he truly meant to hurt the kid it would have broken the skin. Unfortunately there are certain dogs that are going to jump into protection mode when it isn’t needed. I don’t like the laws that say any dog that bites has to be put down because it puts them all into the category of dangerous to human beings. However, you have to consider how awful it would be to let a dog go only to have it kill someone later. I don’t think that is the case with Phineas, especially since he passed his behavioral tests. The state should allow Phineas to find a new home, preferably one without little kids.

    • Anita says on  06/02/2013 at 7:43 am

      being a nurse for several years….I have seen many many dog bites. Trust me the canines are the first teeth to hit the skin…I have never seen a dog bite without canine marks….whether it be pit bull, bull dog, german shepherd, rotty or whatever the breed…

  60. Jim Anderson says on  06/02/2013 at 1:09 am

    Why don’t we euthanise the Mayor? Let’s see how he likes it.

  61. Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 2:27 am

    wat is the problem with the mayor n judge….. wen da experts have given wat is required….. don they have other issues to deal with …. dan kill da poor dog…

  62. Judithanne says on  06/02/2013 at 2:30 am

    It is inhumane to keep Phineas incarcerated for any length of time and to have the audacity to charge his owners $10 per day for doing so in a caged and dirty environment when he could be housed in the loving home he had with the Sanders’ children, what on earth are the so-called authorities thinking? It was said somewhere in these comments a Murderer would have been given more consideration than this obviously innocent dog. Now let him go, immediately, refund the Family that inappropriate charge of kennelling him in unhealthy circumstances and to the Sanders Family themselves, please, take your children and their beloved pet away from that disgusting, pathetic little one-track minded town and put this atrolcity well behind you.. Who would want to remain there after this anyway?

  63. Anita says on  06/02/2013 at 7:36 am

    this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard…I’ve been a nurse for 15 years…a year of which was spent in the ER and 10 years in and around pediatrics…I have NEVER seen a dog bite that looked like the one in the picture posted(not the one above)…Let this dog go home and impeach the POS mayor and or lock him in a dank, dark basement to sleep on a wooden pallet with little or no human contact….”douchenozzle” as my daughter would call him…there is NO excuse for this. I am extremely appalled and sincerely sorry for those poor kids. I would take this dog in a heart beat…lemme have him!!! P.S. I have two kids who would die to have this animal.

  64. Tina says on  06/02/2013 at 10:30 am

    This is not a dog bite. The dog needs to be released and there needs to be an investigation into WHO bit the child!! Has anything been done about this at all?!

  65. Cheryl F says on  06/02/2013 at 11:13 am

    The mayor is an ass – that is not a dog bite. This type of dog is known for it’s passive, loving personality. I believe he has been unjustly accused and detained. Let this dog go home immediately. You have made a horrible, inhumane, mistake. What the hell is the matter with you?!

  66. Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 2:10 pm

    It’s simple – The dog DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!!! That is DEFINITELY NIT a dogs bite! The Mayor has no right interfering in this in the first instance? Why did the mother claim it was a dog bite and then change her mind? It’s all about a PET DOG!! It’s just unbelievable and CUREL. The Mayor is the one that should be out down! He obviously hasn’t got to do!

    • Anonymous says on  06/02/2013 at 2:15 pm

      I didn’t realize I would come up anonymous! I am not ashamed to say who I am!,

    • CAROL WILLIAMS-DIETZ says on  06/02/2013 at 2:20 pm

      I didn’t realize I would come up as Anonymous! I will shout out my name to what I have put in the above Comment starting “It’s simple…” CAROL WILLIAMS-DIETZ.!!!

  67. CAROL WILLIAMS-DIETZ says on  06/02/2013 at 2:23 pm

    Just a thought – perhaps the Mayor took out his teeth and made that impression??? Looks rather likely than a dogs imprint would make!

  68. Vanessa says on  06/02/2013 at 2:24 pm

    Yeah it seems something real shady is going on in this town. It just seems that a few power hungry/power abusers are trying to use their title in the wrong way. If I was this family I would sue the judge for allowing this nonsense to be paraded in his court room, the mayor for all of the WRONG things he has done, and the family that wanted to lie in the first place, (obviously to cover up some deeper issues going on in their own home) get my settlement from it, get my dog back and MOVE THE HECK AWAY FROM THIS CRAZY CORRUPT TOWN And THE PEOPLE IN IT!! I hope this dog, and this family get set free from this.

  69. Annie says on  06/02/2013 at 4:04 pm

    The dog is being scapegoated for a human who bit this kid.

  70. Robin S. says on  06/02/2013 at 5:33 pm

    This is crazy. Definitely a human bite mark, not a dog’s.

  71. Pam says on  06/03/2013 at 9:02 am


  72. Sandra Uden-Ilett says on  06/03/2013 at 9:09 am

    Please do not kill this lovely creature. This is such an injustice that is being done to him, it is clear to see that he is a very much loved family pet. Please do not break the
    hearts of the children and their family.

  73. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 9:18 am

    “Please do a story on Phineas, a yellow Lab in Salem MO who was charged, convicted and condemned to death for something he didn’t do……….
    My dog was on death row for bitting someone on the face & came HOME!!!!

    This is not a dogs bit…………those are human teeth marks…………….

    Wake Up People

  74. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 9:44 am

    I think it is time for the dog to be let go. Put brown and the judge in the cage.

  75. any one can clearly see and i am not a doctor but that bite is not a dog bite and this judge just must not like dogs this animal needs to be free there is no way that this is a dog bite and deep inside that childs heart and mind she knows that dog didnt bite her she must not get much attetion from her parents so she said the dog bit her so she could get some attetion from her parents i have seen children do it this animal needs to his family

  76. Nancy E Perkins says on  06/03/2013 at 9:49 am

    free phineas. if missouri wont protect him. send him to me in texas. this is ridiculus. ought to contact aspca.

  77. wanda peck says on  06/03/2013 at 9:56 am

    if the family can’t take care of please to me I got 40 acers and the dog will be taking good care and love. it time for that dog go home.

  78. Karen Dixon says on  06/03/2013 at 10:06 am

    I live in England UK, I have 2 Labradors & they are one of the most kindest breed of dogs going, I also have a beautiful 17 month granddaughter who plays with them. They are part of our family, we love them dearly. I’ve NEVER heard anything bad about Labradors in my life before & agree that this case against Phineas is being taken too far, he doesn’t deserve to die. My family & I would willing re home him in our country with us…… Please have a heart & do the correct thing, thank you Karen.

    • Anonymous says on  06/11/2013 at 8:37 am

      You have a great heart, Karen. There are some nuns in Jefferson City, MO. (The Carmelite Nuns) who have offered their 2 acre 10 foot walled garden for Phineas. Why couldn’t they just let him go somewhere else? Out of their city, out of their county. This is the saddest thing I have ever heard of.

  79. Tammy says on  06/03/2013 at 10:10 am

    By looking at the picture of the bite, that is in no way shape or form, a bite from a dog. A dog bite, according to our local hospital is more jagged in appearance. Before you think of putting this poor innocent dog “down”, please do your homework and make sure you have all the facts. The kids could have been outside playing and one of her siblings had bite her, and she blamed the dog so that the sibling would not get in trouble, not knowing that the poor dogs life was going to be at stake. Prayers are going out.

  80. Maria says on  06/03/2013 at 10:38 am

    What a coward of a mayor people needed to sign up for question period what a joke maybe the mayor should be put down.

  81. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 11:36 am

    It is totally obviously that this dog is NOT aggressive and should be returned to his family, THEY LOVE HIM!!
    Do the right thing and release him to his kids.

  82. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 11:59 am

    Why put asleep an innocent dog, when what he did maybe was playing or his way of showing love, but why don’t they put asleep criminals(humans) when they kill one, two, three and keep committing the same crimes…Can you answer that Mr. Mayor or the Judge????????????????Where is justices???????

  83. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 12:18 pm

    Why is this even happening? The mayor is a obviously blind and does not have a brain or any feelings. Has he ever had a dog? I hope not but if he did he would see how much a dog can bring happiness to a family. Labs are especially smart and very, very lovable. This bite that they are showing is not a dog bite. Did the mayor bite the little girl and now is trying to put blame onto the dog? The mayor is nothing but a coward that wants to hide because he knows he is wrong. I think we need to go above the mayor, judges and so forth and turn them in. How would they feel if they all got fired over this? It is time to let phineas to be free so he can show his love and maybe put the mayor & judge down for what they have done. No one but no one treats an animal like that.

  84. Irene Tuzzolino says on  06/03/2013 at 12:19 pm

    I am so saddened by this whole situation. How did the mayor even get involved in this anyway? He must have more pressing issues to deal with than to order a loving pet put to death. And now that he has opened this Pandora box he is too stubborn to admit he may have rushed to the wrong conclusion. Be a big boy and admit this has gotten out of hand and the innocent animal has to pay for it.

    • Anonymous says on  06/11/2013 at 8:32 am

      I bet the Mayor would love a way out of this now!!! Just let the dog go. He didn’t bite anyone!!

  85. Kim says on  06/03/2013 at 6:37 pm

    THAT IS NOT A DOG BITE! There are no puncture wounds from the incisors. For a dog to bite leaving red marks and bruising the incisors that are normally 1/2 longer than all the other teach would have had to puncture at all 4 corners.

    Save Phineas! Impeach that stupid Mayor, he is guilty of cruelty to Animals.

  86. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 7:04 pm

    This whole thing is a outrage I have contacted the governor of MO also CNN and others. I am from Ca and believe me there are people all over the whole who are disgusted with the way this has been handled. These officials are giving their town a bad name and I am sure its not the people who live there. Please show some kindness an be honest with the facts and your only decision can be to let the dog go to the safe home where he can be loved and appreciated. I hope the world comes down on his men who made this stupid decision.

  87. Donna says on  06/03/2013 at 7:46 pm

    It doesn’t look like a dog bite to me. Leave the dog alone.

  88. Anonymous says on  06/03/2013 at 9:43 pm

    Signed signed signed..this is so ridiculous what a idot….save this dog I hoope I get updates on this

  89. Jeanne Chacon says on  06/04/2013 at 3:57 am

    REALLY?! Why is this dog being quarantined?! This is SO bullshit! Do these people even have ANY common sense?!

  90. Eileen Wyatt says on  06/04/2013 at 5:23 am

    This mayor is without compassion or competence, i.e. he is an idiot. If you can’t impeach him, at least don’t reelect him regardless of the outcome for this innocent dog! A responsible mayor would never have let this go so far, especially after the mother recanted.

    Let this dog go!

  91. Anonymous says on  06/04/2013 at 10:08 am

    Let this dog go to be with his family.

  92. sherrie eakin says on  06/04/2013 at 12:23 pm

    i tell you: let that dog go home to it’s owner. this is getting totally ridiculous! how much proof do you need that this dog is not a bad dog. it needs it’s family as they need it. it is part of their loving family. no one would get away with taking my dog or other animals away from me for such stupidity by obviously unknowleged, untrained law enforcement. LET THIS DOG GO HOME TO IT’S OWNER FAMILY. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN THRU ENOUGH!!! as pres. reagan said to nikita khruschev, tear this wall down, now!(in berlin, germany) Educate your law/animal enforcement, NOW!!! sherrie eakin, florida

  93. Anonymous says on  06/07/2013 at 6:45 pm

    Whatever the case may be this guy refuses to admit he is wrong! Would rather kill this dog than admit it. I fail to see how he was voted in. He cannot possibly be a good person in other aspects of his life……………

  94. Robbin carnell says on  06/10/2013 at 12:59 pm

    This is clearly a case of mis justice. The bite in question looks like a human bite mark. Nothing about the bite appears to be from any type of canine. Especially a larger dog like in this report.
    I pray the truth comes out and the human who bit this person in put down.

  95. Anonymous says on  06/10/2013 at 8:31 pm

    Maybe someone should do to the Mayer what he did to the dog

  96. Susan F. says on  06/11/2013 at 8:26 am

    I have purchased a Save Phineas Ribbon and keep the information posted on my Facebook daily. I am urging everyone to share the information and try to get the powers that be in Salem, MO. to wake up. I’m a nurse and that doesn’t look like a dog bite to me. I think they should have to prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt before they are allowed to kill this dog. Phineas was only a 6 month old puppy when this happened. Even the Veterinarian who is keeping him says he is not an aggressive dog. Time to let the dog go.

  97. Anonymous says on  06/11/2013 at 8:47 am

    That looks just like a bite my daughter got from another child at day care!!!!!

  98. Annonymous says on  06/11/2013 at 9:03 am

    This is bullshit!My son was bit in the face by a lab and had to have 8 stitches from the puncture marks!This is so clear that it wasnt a dog bite and a bite of a human!

  99. Anonymous says on  06/11/2013 at 9:33 am

    Please do a story on Phineas, a yellow Lab in Salem MO who was charged, convicted and condemned to death for biting a child. The vast majority of his more than 134K Facebook supporters say the bruise was not from a dog.

  100. Mary Deorsey says on  06/11/2013 at 9:55 am

    Please, just find him a better home.

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