UPDATE: Fight Over Five-Legged Dog

The case of the five-legged puppy saved from a Coney Island animal show is going before a court TV judge.

John Strong, who operates the sideshow featuring disfigured animals, has sued the original owner Calvin Owensby for $4,000. He says Owensby reneged on an agreement to sell him the animal for $3,000.

Owensby says they didn't sign a contract.

The owner sold the Chihuahua-terrier mix to North Carolina resident Allyson Siegel, who wanted to keep the pooch out of the show. She had the animal's fifth leg removed.

Former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro's show will be taped in Chicago. It will air Sept. 21.

Strong says he's being paid $300 to appear on the show. If he wins the case before Pirro, he plans to fight Siegel in court to reclaim the dog.



Previous Story:

There's a fight over a five-legged Chihuahua puppy from North Carolina.

The owner of a Coney Island animal show, John Strong, says he had a deal to buy the dog, Lilly, from a Gastonia man.

Multiple media outlets reported that the dog's owner, Calvin Owensby, sold the pup to a Charlotte woman who wants to have the extra leg amputated next week so the dog can walk normally.

Strong says he's the rightful owner of the dog. But Allyson Siegel says -- quoting -- "over my dead body."

The New York man says his show contains "amazing animals, oddities and freaks."

Strong is hinting that he may go to court over the whole affair.


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  • by Tracy Location: NB on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    Has anyone offerd to have this John Strong investigated for animal cruelty charges? Has anyone bothered to see if these animals are being property cared for? Who would want ot see something like that? WITN, do you have more resources on this guy's "show" so that maybe some sort of legal action can be taken against the whole thing?
  • by citizen1 on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    The imThe imbecility of all this is amazing. Nothing says fairness and impartiality like a TV judge. Strong wants the dog back? Why? It’s four legged. Besides, who goes to freak shows? Why not blow your money on flea circus and top off the event with some snake oil cure all?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    What kind of people out there delight in animal freak shows (or any for that matter) who will PAY to see an disfigured creature? There ARE times where people will disfigure the animal themselves to enter them om these Neandertalithic shows. It makes you wonder what future generations will think of us as a species, supporting such grotesque and sick things.
  • by Why Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    I see where it says the woman had the dogs 5th leg removed .. why does the freak show still want him...??? Let the woman keep the dog, I am sure the dog will be much happier there than a freak show...
  • by Where is PETA Location: NC on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    Agree with Kristin, they should not be allowed to have animal freak shows. The lady has already paid for the pup, so mabe she can find a vet to go ahead and amputate the leg. So sickning how people are.
  • by Kristin on Jul 23, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    I so hope this woman wins her case. That poor dog doesn't belong in some freak show. It should be able to have a normal life just like any other dog. Maybe the woman should just go ahead and have the dogs leg amputated anyway. Then he won't have any desire to have the dog anymore and he will leave her alone.
  • by Wendy on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Hopefully, there is nothing that proves Strong had a deal to buy the dog. The owner should be able to sell to whoever he wants and the woman that bought the dog should keep it and have the leg taken care of. Those freak shows shouldn't exist. he probably doesn't take care of the animals he does have.
  • by Ted Location: Gville on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    Freak show, I didn't think they existed anymore and think about being locked up your entire life. Good job Allyson for trying to help that poor little guy.
  • by debbie Location: swanquarter,nc on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    make the dog normal!~ the person who wants the dog to live a freak life, watch out god can do something to you. think about it!!!
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