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N4T Investigators: Time running out for dog declared dangerous

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TUCSON - A southern Arizona Rottweiler will likely face a grim fate because of her owner's admitted mistake.

“It’s like driving a stake through my heart,” said Bob Westfall at the thought of losing his beloved Rottweiler, Sativa. “I'm starting to water up about it now, because it hurts, you know."

It's a story the News 4 Tucson Investigators have been following closely. Back in 2012, Pima County declared Sativa dangerous after she got out of her yard. Westfall was required to keep Sativa leashed, muzzled, and under the control of an adult when outside of a confined area. Last year, one of Westfall's neighbors complained that Sativa was running at-large and showing teeth. Sativa has been quarantined ever since.

It's a mistake that could lead to the end of Sativa's life. Westfall could also end up having his life dramatically changed. He faces charges related to Sativa's running loose.

“They're basically asking for jail time,” Westfall said.

A Pima County Superior Court judge has rejected Westfall's appeal, ruling that Sativa be forfeited to the Pima Animal Care Center. Because of her temperament, officials say it's not likely Sativa could be placed up for adoption. The dog will likely be destroyed on Wednesday. If that happens, Westfall hopes Pima County officials will release Sativa's remains so he can bury her on his property.

Meantime, Westfall is pushing for the county to reconsider and allow Sativa to be independently examined for her temperament.

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