TURLOCK — The settlement worked out between the city of Turlock and the owner of a 150-pound Alaskan Malamute that bit two young women seems the best possible outcome.
Bolt has been accepted by an unidentified Southern California rescue group, which will work with him and, as deemed appropriate, turn him over only to someone who is prepared to handle a very large dog with a history of biting.
Under the settlement, Bolt will never return to Stanislaus County.
Daniel Mendonca showed maturity in relinquishing control of the pet that he so clearly loved and in paying for the expenses associated with adoption by the rescue group.
It was, to borrow an overused cliche, a win-win because the parties were willing to compromise to find a better solution.