Vigil for American bulldog "Polar"

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A big push to save the dog that police say bit and killed a baby last week.

Supporters think the dog needs another chance. American bulldog owners who were at the vigil Thursday night say, the dog didn't know the baby. Fact is, police say the baby and his mother were just visiting from out of town, so, until the autopsy results are in, owners say, don't kill the dog.

A small but intimate gathering - about a dozen dog lovers came together on the front steps of the Chesterfield Animal Shelter to hold a vigil for Polar, the American Bulldog who is now awaiting his fate behind their doors.

"This dog does not deserve to be put to sleep! They need to get all of the facts first," said dog lover, Donna Armstrong.

"I think it's a little quick to judge and we need to let this play out," said Mac Adams.

The autopsy results will reveal how the baby really died.

Police said the baby boy was left alone on the floor in one room while in the next room, the kitchen, the adults served lunch.

Afraid, "Polar" was going to be put to sleep for aggressive behavior, the owners want others to see American Bulldogs under a different light. Mac Adams already has two deaf dogs and wants to adopt "Polar" who is also deaf, if allowed.

"Deaf dogs are no different than hearing dogs actually other than getting their attention, once you get their attention, it's just like a hearing dog," said Adams.

With lighting of the candles and a prayer and kind words to 'man's best friend' the hope is that "Polar" be given another chance.

We spoke to Chesterfield Police tonight and while they don't have any comments on the vigil, they did say to us, the decision about the dog's fate has not yet been determined.

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