Two Death Row Dogs Freed One Year After Alleged Cat Killing
Two dogs have been sprung from death row after allegedly killing a neighbor’s cat … this after a legal battle that lasted more than a year.
A 2-year-old pit bull named Odin, and a 6-year-old Akita mix named Lucy were caught back in January 2021 next to a dead cat named Big Boy. Animal control officers came and took the dogs to a shelter, and began legal proceedings to euthanize the pooches.
The dogs owners, Nola Lowman and her son, William Dillon Jr., hired lawyers … who argued Odin and Lucy just came upon the cat and the probability was that a coyote killed the feline.
They pointed to not just one but 4 cat attacks in the area … which suggested a serial animal killer was on the loose.
Authorities didn’t see it their way, and ruled the 2 dogs were considered “vicious.” That’s a critical word, because under Maryland law animals that are labeled “vicious” must be euthanized.
According to The Washington Post, the dogs were impounded for more than a year, as lawyers racked up a $25,000 bill trying to appeal the decision.
A few weeks ago, a judge reversed the death sentence, saying the dogs had no history of aggressiveness. The judge didn’t find the dogs innocent … rather, the label “vicious” was replaced with the label “dangerous.”
So, the 2 danger dogs have been spared and are back at home.