“I said, ‘OK, here’s the dog,’ because I didn’t realize that I could have said something else,” Lagnese said. “I handed her over, following directions, and they said, ‘Ten days.’”
But when 10 days passed, the pound didn’t release her. Instead, Lagnese was told that Rose needed to be euthanized for being a “vicious dog.”
Lagnese was shocked and upset, and she teamed up with Thom Page, an attorney at the Lexus Project who regularly helps dogs on death row. Page started working on Rose's case on a pro bono basis, battling for Rose’s release from the pound. The case got messy and complicated, and it was eventually transferred to the federal courts.