Sideshow owner headed to TV court
Claiming he was gypped out of a five-legged dog, freak show owner John Strong is taking his case to court — TV court.
Strong’s breach of contract case against Calvin Owensby, who reneged on his offer to sell Strong the dog for use in his Coney Island sideshow, will be heard next Wednesday in the studio courtroom of the show “Judge Jeanine Pirro.”
The hearing will air on Sept. 21, the Gaston Gazette reported. Representatives of the program approached Strong about airing the case on TV.
Owensby, of Gastonia, agreed to sell Strong his five-legged Chihuahua puppy for $3,000 in late June. The next day day Allyson Siegel, of Charlotte, offered Owensby $4,000 for the dog, hoping to spare it from life as a sideshow exhibit. Owensby, who’d acecpted a deposit from Strong, canceled the earlier deal, returned the deposit and sold the puppy to Siegel.
Siegel, who renamed the dog — from Precious to Lilly — had the dog’s fifth leg amputated two weeks ago, immediately after hearing Strong planned to take legal action to prevent the amputation.
“I’m a very good talker. I can make my points come across,” Strong told the Gazette. “I’m just not going to stay quiet on this because I don’t want the general public to perceive me as a bad person, and this woman is perceived as a hero.”
The television show will pay Strong the $4,000 if Owensby loses the case, according to a spokesperson from the show.
Strong said he resents accusations that he would humiliate the dog and treat it poorly at his sideshow.
“No animal has the intelligence to know if they’re humiliated or not,” he said.
I’m not a big fan of justice being dispensed on TV shows, but here’s hoping Strong gets totally and publicly humiliated by Judge Jeanine — not that, judging from the case he’s presented so far, he’d necessarily realize it if he was.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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