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Hearing could determine dogs' fate

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

A Fort Worth judge will decide whether two pit bulls deserve to be euthanized. Their owner is trying to argue that she didn't get a fair shot at presenting their case before a judge essentially sentenced them to death.

A municipal judge determined in September that the two pit bulls – Lilo and Stitch – were dangerous because they broke out of their owner's fence and ran into a neighbor's backyard. The neighbor said they chased her and her puppy into their house.

The judge ordered owner Rana Soluri to comply with a list of requirements including putting a leash and muzzle on the dogs while outside, paying $500 each to register them annually and carrying $100,000 per dog on her homeowner's insurance.

On Monday a team of three city attorneys told Soluri she would have her dogs back already if she had followed the instructions, but after 15 days she had not taken any action.

Soluri's attorney asked the judge to issue an injunction to keep the city from euthanizing her dogs while she tries to prove her constitutional rights were violated by the city's court process.

She argued the municipal judge is essentially a rubber stamp and that any time a dog incident arises the judge automatically rules it dangerous.

There was a witness called who had a similar incident two years ago. Her pit bull got out and was ruled dangerous even though it didn't bite anyone.

The hearing will continue on Tuesday.

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