In Augusta, Maine, a judge ordered an Alaskan husky be put to death that had been granted a pardon by Maine Governor Paul LePage. After a hearing on Tuesday involving Dakota the husky, a Waterville District Court judge ordered the dog to be killed.
Dakota’s story dates back to the winter of 2016 when she was declared a “dangerous dog” after she got loose and killed a neighbor’s small pug. According to WmtwPortland, the dog’s owner, at the time was told to keep Dakota confined or on a short leash. In January, Dakota got loose again and went to the previous victim’s home and attacked the family’s newest dog – a Pekinese. When the dog again disappeared from her home, she was picked up by the Humane Society in Waterville, who knew nothing about the dog’s death sentence and were very satisfied with the dog’s good behavior while in the custody of the shelter. In March, Dakota was adopted to another family. The new family did not know their dog had been sentenced to die and asked the court to withdraw their decision. Instead the judge has upheld his decision with the state saying they did not know the dog had a new owner.
During the time Dakota had been with the Humane Society in Waterville, the dog had been a “model animal” and showed no signs of being vicious. On March 30, the governor issued a news release stating he had reviewed the facts of the dog’s case “and I believe the dog ought to be provided a full and free pardon.” Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney disputed the governor’s authority to determine if he indeed had the authority.
While at the Humane Society, it was learned how Dakota had been mistreated by her original owner. An estranged partner kept the dog after the couple broke up and would lock Dakota in the basement to kill rats. When the neighbor’s dog would climb under the fence, Dakota had been taught to react aggressively to smaller animals. During the time she was at the shelter however, she passed all temperament testing with flying colors including playing well with a nine-month-old puppy.
On Tuesday, the judge ruled that the new owner has no legal standing, and said the dog will be euthanized in 48 hours – unless attorneys file an appeal. Her new owners have no problem complying with keeping Dakota confined or on a short leash.
(Photo of Dakota the husky via Facebook)
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