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Judge refuses to stop euthanization order for Dakota the dog

Madaline St. Amour: ‘The fate of Dakota the dog still hangs in the balance after a judge on Tuesday refused to stop a euthanization order. Judge Valerie Stanfill said she didn’t believe Dakota’s new owner, Linda Janeski, had standing to ask that the original judgment that declared Dakota a dangerous dog, and ordered her destroyed within 48 hours, be withdrawn… Dakota, a 4-year-old Husky, was declared a dangerous dog in February 2016 when she got loose in Winslow and killed a smaller dog. Matthew Perry, her owner at the time, was ordered to keep her confined or on a short leash. However, Dakota got loose again this past January and went back to the same house, where she attacked the previous victims’ new dog… Gov. Paul LePage granted a pardon to Dakota on March 30 after a member of the Humane Society’s board sent him a letter…

LePage granted a pardon to Dakota last month after a member of the Humane Society’s board sent him a letter that the director, Smith, had sent to the district attorney. “I have reviewed the facts of this case and I believe the dog ought to be provided a full and free pardon,” LePage said in a news release. The pardon brought up legal questions of whether LePage had the authority to grant a pardon to an animal… Judge Stanfill said she didn’t think the state statute on dangerous dogs gave her the discretion to impose a punishment other than euthanization and a fine in this case’. SOURCE…

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