Man Denies Dishonestly Receiving Stolen Pitbull

December 18, 2013

hershey pit bull bermudaAppearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Dec 18], a 25-year-old man denied dishonestly receiving a pitbull knowing that the dog was stolen.

The dog — known as “Hershey” [pictured] — is the same one that was recently in the headlines after efforts were made to save his life failed and he was put down.

Josef Smith pleaded not guilty to a charge of dishonestly receiving a chocolate coloured pitbull between October and December 2013, knowing that the dog was stolen.

The dog was said to be worth approximately $1,800.

Senior Magistrate Archie Warner set a trial date in April 2014, and granted Mr Smith bail of $2,000.

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  1. Speckled Hind says:

    If you remember, the ‘owners’ of Hershey didn’t even know that dogs needed to be licenced AT ALL (chuckle chuckle).

    Next thing you know they’ll tell us that guns are illegal in Bermuda – weed too.

    I mean UMUM, who knew??

    • Tweetie says:

      If you can actually understand what you read, that is not the people who fought to save the dog, that is the person who is charged with receiving the dog after it was stolen. Not the original owners. In fact, had the dog not been stolen, noone whould even know that Hershey existed. Nothing is more irritating than people who have assine comments about topics of which they no nothing about. Then again, I guess all people are entitled to their opinion whether or not they understand what they are commenting about. Reading is fundamental..

  2. Suzie Quattro says:

    Not this again. Another march on Parliament because some stupid wanker pretends he doesn’t know pit bulls are f*****ing illegal.

    • KTB says:

      Can you read the story before you comment…

    • YADON says:

      Stupid wankers? I have never heard a Bermudian talk like that.

      • Cracker with cheese says:

        That is the language of your mother country

        • Suzie Quattro says:

          No, I’m multilingual…I speak Bermudian, English and American, fluently. I find that particular phrase very descriptive once in a while.

      • Suzie Quattro says:

        Which means you’re suggesting what, exactly?

  3. Come Correct says:

    So will he be euthenized if guilty?

    • Family Man says:

      No, his momma can keep him as long as he gets ‘fixed’ and gets his shots.

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Lots of people got played on this one. Amazing how all the details eventually come out.

    • Reeder says:

      What details have come out? If you read the article…the name of that person is Josef Smith…he “allegedly” stole the dog. Read! I guess, that is why people comment, they understand nothing, and have an opinion, whether it makes sense or not. Heck, why am I making comments. Just becoming one of the daft masses.

  5. ugh says:

    I found the following quote from the Bermuda Government website in about 3 seconds:

    You may obtain a dog via legal importation, from a licensed breeder, from a seller or via adoption from the SPCA. An imported dog must be licensed immediately after importation. Dogs obtained from breeders/sellers will come with a valid licence. (DO NOT PAY FOR OR ACCEPT A DOG THAT DOES NOT COME WITH A VALID LICENCE.) Adopted dogs will only be released from the SPCA following proof of licensure.

    Maybe folks should do some research before accepting random animals into their home. There has been enough press over the years that everyone should know you need a licence to have a dog.