Dog that mauled toddler put to sleep |

Dog that mauled toddler put to sleep

Tamara Miller
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” The owner of the dog that attacked a 2-year-old Singletree girl has had the dog destroyed.

Donna Griffin of Singletree confirmed that she recently had Max, a Labrador-retriever mix, put to sleep. She still faces charges of owning a dangerous dog and owning a vicious dog after Max attacked Zoie Palmer on July 21. The girl suffered multiple cuts to her face and has undergone several surgeries.

She refused to answer any other questions about her dog or the case. Shortly after the charges were filed, Griffin refused an offer from the District Attorney’s office that she plead guilty to the charge of owning a dangerous dog.

A call to her attorney, Terry O’Connor, was not returned Friday.

Following the attack, Max was put in the custody of the Eagle County Animal Shelter. Natalie Duck, director of the animal shelter, would not say when Max was put to sleep, but noted that the dog had behaved well with other dogs at the shelter.

The Eagle County District Attorney’s Office recommended Max be put to sleep. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said his office is still pursuing the charges against Griffin. The fact that the dog is gone doesn’t affect the case, he said.

“Certainly not from our side,” he said. “Except we would no longer be asking for (Max) to be put down.”

A Thursday court hearing was canceled because neither side had any motions, or requests of the court, to file. The trial is scheduled to begin March 24.

Details surrounding the case still remain unclear because no one saw how it began. Griffin has stated it happened on her property while Zane Palmer, the girl’s father, was fixing his hot tub in the neighboring yard. She said Max had always stayed in her yard because an invisible fence would send a shock into the dog’s collar when he came within five feet of the fence.

Zane Palmer saw the attack after it began. He has said the attack occurred off his neighbor’s property.

Griffin moved into another Singletree home after the attack. The neighbors were friends until Griffin got an attorney, and then the Palmers ended the friendship, Griffin has said.

Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 748-2936 or

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