Duke, a six-year-old pit bull terrier, has been on doggie death row at an animal shelter in New York for the past four years. After allegedly mauling a neighbor’s dog in December 2003, a judge ruled that Duke was dangerous and that he should be put down.
A court decided that Duke should be destroyed for his attack on the other dog because of a law that took effect on January 1, 2004, which made dog-on-dog attacks subject to serious punishment.
Duke’s owners, Chanse and Denise Menendez, appealed the decision and their attorney said that state law did not allow euthanization in dog-on-dog attacks at the time of the incident in 2003.
A Brooklyn Appellate Court overturned the lower court decision to put down Duke because the incident happened before the 2004 law went into effect. The appellate judges resentenced Duke to “permanent, secure confinement” at his home. His owners said that Duke will be confined to an indoor crate and an outdoor pen.
Menendez said that she is so overjoyed that Duke is finally coming home and can’t wait to see the look on her children’s faces and said that Duke will be the king of the castle.
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