Rally planned for Guilford dog on ‘death row’

Simon at the Guilford animal shelter

GUILFORD — Supporters of a dog that has been under a euthanasia order for a year are planning a rally to call on Guilford officials  to return the pet to its family.

The gathering for Simon the mixed breed is set for Sunday at Guilford Town Hall. Organizers are expecting hundreds of people.

FOX61’s Matt Caron first told you about the plight of Simon the dog, and the controversy over it, in June.

The 8-year-old canine has been locked up in the town animal shelter since biting a teenager in the leg last year. Town officials ordered that the dog be euthanized, and its owners are appealing to the state. Local officials say they can’t take any action during the appeal.

David Young and his family adopted Simon from a rescue group in 2011. They said the teenager trespassed onto their property and threatened the dog with a lacrosse stick.