Neb. High Court Spares Dog from Death Sentence

Here's our feel good story of the day: The Nebraska Supreme Court has granted clemency to Murphy, an Alaskan malamute-shepherd. Murphy had been sentenced to death for fighting with another dog.

We conclude that the order for the destruction of the dog was not reasonable," wrote high court Judge John Wright. "The county court ... abused its discretion." He noted that the other dog's owner waited two days to have the dog seen by a veterinarian, and the bill was only $34.06.

At the sentencing hearing last fall, the sheriff and vet were on Murphy's side. Only the prosecutor had called Murphy vicious.

.... the Dittoes' lawyer, Mark Fahleson, said authorities trying to kill the dog were demonstrating "a bloodthirsty vengeance once thought reserved for only the most cold-blooded of human killers."

The prosecutor's boss was fine with today's ruling:

Attorney General Jon Bruning did not seem particularly upset Friday that his office lost. "Every dog has its day," he said.

Murphy's owners are scheduling a party, and report Murphy is likely to get a steak.

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    This is the most pressing issue the state of Nebraska has to deal with? Must be some sort of crime-free paradise.

    Re: Neb. High Court Spares Dog from Death Sentence (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Fri Feb 18, 2005 at 02:02:10 PM EST
    Have no fear... Underdog is here.

    Being a cat person what is that state doing for Cats? and how many kids have died in that state in the system? happy for the dog, just keep him from the cats.

    Kittens give Morbo gas!

    Rocker, its great thank you.

    Re: Neb. High Court Spares Dog from Death Sentence (none / 0) (#7)
    by Kitt on Fri Feb 18, 2005 at 10:00:33 PM EST
    We decided that the $34.06 must've been for the office call and basically nothing was wrong with the damned dog. Our vet charges $35.00 for an office call and the basic lookover. Now needless to say our dogs and cats rarely go just to sit in the office.

    I wish I knew a vet who only charged $34! Fred, I thought you might enjoy this from Fafblog : Once a week the mailman drops off a dead kitten at our house. I'm not sure why. We just keep gettin these kittens. I think I signed somethin down at the mall once, maybe a Kitten of the Week Club or somethin, but I don't remember when. I sign a lotta stuff. [EDIT] I don't know why all the kittens are dead kittens. Maybe they haven't been shippin em right. But it seems like a shame to let em go to waste, so these days we got kittens everywhere - kitten doorstops, kitten lampshades, kitten tables, kitten soup, kitten pie, grilled kitten pizza. "More kitten, Giblets?" "Giblets is stuffed," says Giblets. "Giblets couldn't eat another kitten if he wanted to - and he wants to! They are delicious!" Which is too bad, cause we got a ton of em left.

    Fred - How did I know you would be a cat person?? ;-) Rocker - Want cheap? Move to NE. Get two dogs. They have winters with two dog nights.

    Sorry PPJ, I'm only familiar with 3 Dog Night.

    Rocker - Omaha is one dog warmer than Fairbanks... ;-)