Governor pardons killer dog, judge orders it to be put down

On Tuesday, a judge declined a request to set aside the order to euthanize the dog, saying she didn’t have leeway under state law.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said the governor lacked authority to do so. The dog became a celebrity after being pardoned by the Republican governor on March 30.
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Paul LePage. WATERVILLE, Maine — A judge has ordered a dog to be euthanized despite a pardon issued by Maine Gov.


Dakota is currently under the care of the Waterville Area Humane Society. Further appeals are expected.

(Karen Vance/Waterville Humane Society via AP, File) In this March 30, 2017, file photo provided by the Waterville Humane Society, an Alaskan husky named Dakota sits in Waterville, Maine.

The Alaskan husky named Dakota was originally ordered to be put down after getting loose and killing a neighbour’s pug last year and later attacking a second dog.