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The Case Of Dakota The Husky In Front Of A Judge Today

Humane Society Waterville Area
Humane Society Waterville Area

The past and present owners of Dakota, the Alaskan Husky who attacked two other dogs, are once again in court to learn whether he will be euthanized.

The long journey for the dog’s owners began when the 4-year-old Husky attacked and killed a neighbor’s dog. Dakota’s original owner was ordered to keep the dog contained, and he succeeded for about a year. But one day, Dakota got free, returning to the same neighbor’s house and injuring their new dog.

He was turned over to a shelter where he was adopted by a new owner who has said she knew nothing of Dakota’s history. She has testified that he’s never shown any aggression and has been a great pet. So it was a shock when she learned that Dakota had a court date that would decide whether or not he should be euthanized.

Governor Paul LePage got involved when he issued a pardon for the dog in hopes of saving his life. But it has been strongly debated whether he has the authority to pardon an animal that’s been given a death sentence. District Attorney Maeghan Maloney suggested another solution, offering to have Dakota sent to a training school in New Hampshire where he would learn to work as a sled dog.

The BDN reports the issue could be resolved today in Augusta if the original owner, current owner, and the Kennebec County District Attorney can reach a mutual agreement that would lift the euthanasia order. If they can’t agree, then Dakota will be returned to the Waterville Humane Society while several appeals are heard, including whether the Governor has the authority to grant a pardon to a dog.

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