Woman fights for dog's life after judge's ruling

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NEW DORP, Staten Island — A pit bull accused of killing two dogs and a cat will remain on death row after a Manhattan Supreme Court judge upheld the city's decision to euthanize the 7-year-old dog.

Caesar has been in solitary confinement at the Staten Island Animal Care and Control Center since allegedly killing a Chihuahua in May.

His owners claim the conditions are so deplorable that Caesar almost died from pneumonia.

"I just want my dog home," Kristina Panattieri, the dog's owner, told PIX11. "I just want to save his life. He has suffered enough these past three months."

The Panattieris' plan to appeal the State Supreme Court decision while their lawyers also hope to file a federal suit against the city over shelter conditions.

Thom Page and Richard Rosenthal, known as "the dog lawyers," are hoping to not only spare the life of Caesar — who is also blamed for the deaths of a Maltese and cat — but to improve the conditions at animal care and control shelters across the city.

"We are dog lovers and we want to save all dogs," Panattieri said.

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, a pit bull named Buddy stands with caretaker Michelle Mayer, left, and 9-year-old Charlie Burton, at a dog park in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Buddy is being cared for in Englewood because of a ban on pit bulls in Aurora, Colo., where the dog lived with his owners. In the November general election, voters will decide whether to repeal Aurora's ban on pit bulls, which has been in place for the past nine years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, a 2-year-old pit bull named Buddy waits to play at a dog park in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Buddy is being cared for in Englewood because of a ban on pit bulls in Aurora, Colo., where the dog lived with his owners. But Buddy's place of residence could change if voters in Aurora consider repealing the ban on pit bulls, which has been in place for the past nine years, in the November general election. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Michelle Mayer tends to a 2-year-old pit bull named Buddy at a dog park in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Buddy is being cared for by Mayer, in Englewood, because of a ban on pit bulls in the dog's home of Aurora, Colo. Voters will consider repealing Aurora's ban on pit bulls, which has been in place for the past nine years, in the November general election. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
This photo provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department shows Ace, a pit bull, resting outside the home of Lindsay and James Bernard of Indianapolis after the home caught fire on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Firefighters credited the dog with saving the life of the couple's deaf son, Nick Lamb, 13, by licking the boy's face until he woke up. No one else was home at the time. Neither the boy nor the dog was injured. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department, Rita Reith)
Earl Moffett speaks holds a dog during the "Pit Bulls & Parolees" portion of the Discovery 2014 Summer TCA on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Cameron Younglove plays with a pit bull terrier named Sooke at his kennels near Eudora, Kan., Sunday, March 9, 2014. For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America’s most dangerous dog _ but attitudes have softened considerably since then as animal activists and even television shows cast the dogs in a more positive light. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 a pit bull mix shelter dog named Nancy Botwin is photographed at a former landfill by photographer Shannon Johnstone, not shown, in Raleigh, N.C. Johnstone's “Landfill Dogs” project is meant to help find homes for the dogs and raise awareness of the need to spay and neuter pets. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A Pit Bull available for adoption is seen at the Villalobos Rescue Center, run by Tia Maria Torres of Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls and Parolees," in New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. She has moved her family and the show to New Orleans, where hurricanes and overbreeding have left many pit bulls abandoned or abused. Torres is the founder and owner of Villalobos Rescue Center, the nation’s largest pit bull rescue center, which pairs pit bulls with parolees who work to care for the dogs. Torres launched the center in southern California more than 20 years ago and relocated to south Louisiana last year. The show's fifth season premieres on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
This Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 photo provided by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) shows Blue, an 8-month old pit bull, during a DACC veterinarian exam in Los Angeles. The medics found several pellets imbedded in the dog’s body and a seriously injured front paw. Although no arrests have been made, an investigation is under way. The dog’s owner turned it over to the department. That way, when the dog heals, the county can find a home for Blue. (AP Photo/County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control)
This undated publicity photo provided by the ASPCA shows Musketeer, a five-year-old Shepard-pit bull mix, in the outdoor run playing with enrichment toys with Lauren Zvernia, ASPCA animal behavior enrichment coordinator, at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, N.J. Musketeer is available for adoption at St. Hubert's. (AP Photo/ASPCA)
In this Jan. 18, 2013 photo provided by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Richard Palacios and Natalya Prokenpenko pose with Hazel, a 2-year-old pit bull mix, who they adopted from the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in New York. In order to be prepared for dog ownership, experts say you need to examine your lifestyle, home and finances. Then, you need to find the right match. (AP Photo/ASPCA)
In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, lawyer Mitzi Bolanos gets a playful kiss from her dog, Bubba, while posing for photos at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. Some cities ban pit bulls and housing in cities that don't can be hard to come by, she said. She wanted to take 3-year-old, 65-pound Bubba home for the holidays, but found that some airlines ban the breed and at least one requires an expensive “dangerous dog” crate. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
This photo taken on Thursday Nov. 29, 2012 in Moriarty, NM, shows one of two pit bulls tied up outside the mobile home where an alleged animal rescuer turned dog napper is accused of stealing two pit bulls. The home’s resident told sheriff’s officials she came home from work to find the woman taking her dogs. She said the woman then threw the two dogs from her moving vehicle when she gave chase. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)
In this Aug. 8, 2012 photo, Trixie, 3, a pit bull, tries out an aquatic treadmill meant for dogs in need of lower impact exercise, during a demonstration at LA Dog Works in Los Angeles. The aquatic treadmill is one of three different types at LA Dog Works. LA Dog Works, a 24-hour dog care center, which includes boarding, grooming, training, daycare, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and a retail store, also uses a $3,000 Jog A Dog and a $40,000 underwater treadmill from a company that is now Hudson Aquatic Systems. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)
A rescued pit bull catches drops of water from a volunteer of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines. Dozens of pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring will be put down starting Tuesday by the animal welfare activists who said there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A volunteer from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) pets a pit bull which rescued from South Korean nationals Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Laguna province, south of Manila, Philippines. Dozens of pit bulls, rescued from a dogfighting ring will be put down starting Tuesday by the animal welfare activists who said there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Rescued pit bull "Guiness" is shown by her new owner during a news confernce at the Los Angeles District Attorney's office in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. "Guiness," is the only survivor rescued from the dogfighting site, run by Yvette Jimenez and Jessse Jimenez, who pled "no contest" to 31 counts of felony dog fighting. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
This March 8, 2012 photo shows Prada, a 4-year-old pit bull mix, at an animal control facility in Nashville, Tenn. Prada's owner, Nicole Andree, is fighting a lengthy legal battle to save her dog’s life after the animal was ordered euthanized for attacking other dogs. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
American Pit Bull Terriers "Osceola" and "Vade" check out the camera after taking a behavior test Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Parris Island Marine base housing in Laurel Bay in Beaufort, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
Pit bull dogs named, Kerry, left and Oscar, right, join in support at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., held outside the Los Angeles City Hall in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Roxy, a seven-month-old Pit Bull mix is seen with her owner, Jessica Stout, right, during a rally against proposed legislation concerning the dogs, held at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 15, 2005. State Sen. Jackie Speier has proposed legislation that would allow local governments to institute spay/neuter programs and to regulate breeders, but does not propose a ban of any breed of dogs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A pit bull stands on its hind legs to get a better look at visitors to the Denver Animal Shelter, June 23, 2005. Denver has instituted a ban against pit bulls, forcing owners to either turn the animals into authorities, move them out of the city limits or hide them from detection. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Pit bull owner Cynthia Carstensen, of Pound Puppy Rescue, is licked by her 11-month-old pit bull dog, Herbert, as brother, Sammie, right, watches during a protest of dozens of demonstrators who brought their pit bulls outside of the Palo Alto Daily News newspaper offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, May 18, 2005 to protest the decision to exclude pit bulls from the paper's "Pet of the Week" columns due to their violent nature, according to the newspaper. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Shannon Johnstone, right, a professional photographer, has been taking pictures once a week of rescue dogs from the Wake County Animal Shelter since 2012 at the North Wake Landfill District Park off Durant Road in North Raleigh, N.C. Here, she documents Wezzy, a pit bull that is about 4 years old, with the help of shelter worker Diadra Cooley, Oct. 7, 2013. (Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
A Pit Bull wearing sunglasses is seen prior to the start of in Albania's first Dog Show in Tiranas Sport Palace on June 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKU (Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 24: A pit bull looks out from a cage in the Liberty Humane Society shelter July 24, 2007 in Jersey City, New Jersey. According to animal shelter statistics, around one-third of all dogs coming into shelters nationwide are pit bulls, up from just 2 to 3 percent fifteen years ago. An estimated 40,000 people are involved in illegal professional dogfighting in the U.S. which often involves pit bulls. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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