In Teoele, Utah, police decided on Tuesday that a four-year-old husky named Nikita will not be euthanized. The dog escaped from her home over the Memorial Day weekend and killed 27 animals at a nearby home and petting zoo.
According to FoxNews, the husky killed chickens, rabbits, a turkey and a specially trained goose. The animals belonged to a charity petting zoo for disabled children. The dog’s owner, Mackenzie Morton stated when she found out Nikita had escaped from her home, she tried searching for her dog, but it was too dark, and left the door open for her dog to return home.
“The dog was deemed ‘Potentially Dangerous’ in Tooele City,” stated Tooele City Police Sergeant Jeremy Hansen.
The terms of Nikita’s release include the husky being banned from Tooele City. In addition, Morton must purchase a liability insurance of $25,000 in personal injury, hire a professional trainer to deal with her behavioral issues and pay for the last three weeks of impound fees for the dog at the shelter. Nikita can be released to a rescue if the owner decides within the next five days.
Morton faces five misdemeanor charges for animal bite by another domestic animal and one charge for an animal at large. Prosecutors intend to pursue restitution.
Trip Kiss, who owns the petting zoo was relieved the dog wasn’t ordered to be euthanized. Fixing the damage and replacing the animals is expected to cost $1,350. Two Brahma chickens, a bunny and a three-week-old goat have been donated to the zoo.
A fundraising account has been established set up.
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