Cut and pasted from SaveHeidi.com:
"We adopted Heidi almost 4 years ago from a well-established and reputable rescue organization specializing in the Doberman breed. Like most Doberman, Heidi is a very intelligent and energetic dog. She is a loving & loyal member of our family.
In October, while out for a leashed walk to a local market, a stranger approached suddenly wanting to pet her. Startled and in her excitement, Heidi popped up at the same time that the stranger bent over to pet her. She collided with his face. He has claimed this resulted in a broken nose and reported the accident to Royal Oak Police.
Royal Oak is now prosecuting this as a dog bite/attack! The Assistant Deputy City Attorney has offered to dismiss the criminal charges only if Heidi is destroyed or removed from her loving family in Royal Oak. This is happening to our family with a 30+ year history as law abiding Royal Oak residents. Heidi has no previous incidents of aggressive behavior and is a well trained, obedient, loving success story of a Doberman rescue.
All dog owners must be aware of the risks of criminal prosecution under the antiquated Michigan statutes written in 1919 and the paranoid overreaction by local city officials who are prosecuting dog breeds, not dog attack cases.
Time is of the essence to save Heidi’s life. A final decision on Heidi’s fate will be made on February 9th, 2012.
Please help us to save our sweet girl, Heidi by signing our petition to the City of Royal Oak."
(photo from here: http://www.saveheidi.com/index.php/photo-gallery, not owned by me, used without permission. I hope they don't mind. I'll take it down if they do.
Link to the petition: http://www.saveheidi.com/limesurvey/index.php?sid=73841&lang=en
Note from me after the jump
And now a note from me: Why do I think this story is so scary? Well, how many people approach you and ask to pet your dog? I joke about people fleeing when they see Elka, the Big Scary Doberman, but some people do want to pet her. While she doesn't much jump up anymore, this was something we had to work on. She's certainly caught me in the face more than once (though not broken my nose, or my jaw [though that one was dubious after one bath]), and even if accidentally, a dog injuring a stranger is apparently CALL THE POLICE time. I mean, I'm sorry if the dude's nose is broken, but petting dogs is a contact sport. If you are a stranger to a dog, you don't know what you're going to get, and if you prefer not to take the risk, don't talk to strangers. She didn't bite him, she didn't (that I can see in the account) growl; she brought up her head as he brought his head down. A mistake. An accident. Does this mean Heidi requires euthanasia? I shudder to think if the criteria are so lowered. Does this mean Heidi shouldn't be with her family? I apologize for the juvenile language, but I think that's just stupid. At most, Heidi's family should pay for the medical bills, not lose their dog and have perhaps have her killed.