A bulldog-boxer mix is behind bars, quarantined while awaiting a mini-trial, after he was accused of attacking and killing another dog in his Portsmouth neighborhood.
Tyson has been part of the Lees family for over 4 years. His owner, Alexandra Lees, was not home at the time when he apparently broke loose and bit another dog so badly, it killed him.
"Apparently Tyson just came out of the bushes and attacked," Lees said. "But he's not like that. He's just not."
Lees says she is not even allowed to visit her dog while he is held at the Potter League Animal Shelter in Middletown. The neighbor, who owned the dog who was killed, says she will tell her side of the story at the hearing, where a panel of 3 will determine Tyson's fate.
"Obviously we can't hear testimony from the dog, but we will hear testimony from the dog's owner and any witnesses," Animal Cruelty Officer at the RISPCA, Joe Warzycha said.
Warzycha will be on the panel. He says he has only seen a handful of cases where a dog kills another dog, but they will take into account testimony and any evidence.
He says euthanization is a worst case scenario, but it is a scenario that keeps playing out in Lees's mind, and one she is hoping to avoid.
"I'll do whatever it takes," Lees said. "Not to make two devastating things come from this."
The hearing could result in a range of different penalties, from a muzzle to training to euthanization. It will be held at Portsmouth Town Hall on Monday at 1 p.m.