Petaluma animal control officials granted a reprieve Thursday for the dog that bit a firefighter last week and was scheduled to be killed at the Petaluma Animal Shelter.
Jeff Charter, executive director of the shelter, said the 5-year-old pit bull mix appears to be a good candidate for rehabilitation by a Santa Rosa dog trainer.
"We always look for an outcome other than euthanasia," he said.
The dog named Indi completed a 10-day rabies quarantine on Thursday and was scheduled to be put down.
But intervention by the trainer, Mary Quinn, was a key to the dog's reprieve.
"Mary is fantastic," Charter said. "She's been doing this for a long time in the county. I trust her judgment."
The shelter's dog trainer had also concluded that Indi could be rehabilitated, he said.
During her stay at the shelter, Charter said the dog "hasn't shown any hostility toward people."
Quinn, who runs an organization called All Aboard Animal Search and Rescue, said she works with unadoptable dogs that "need to be turned around" and specializes in training pit bulls. Quinn said she is working with the dog's owner, Daniel Dellucci of Rohnert Park, on the details of the rehab program.
"The community cannot be at risk from Indi," she said.