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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Pardons Dog on Death Row

Dakota the Alaskan husky killed a neighbor's dog and broke out of confinement to attack another

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    Maine Gov. Paul LePage Pardons Dog on Death Row
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    Maine Gov. Paul LePage (left) said he pardoned the Alaskan husky named Dakota (right) from a death sentence levied at a court hearing last week, after it killed a neighbor's small pug in May 2016 and later broke out of court-ordered confinement to bite the same neighbor's Pekingnese, which survived.

    A death row dog considered dangerous may be getting a reprieve.

    Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he has pardoned Dakota the Alaskan husky from a death sentence levied at a court hearing last week.

    District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says her office is researching LePage's pardoning power.

    Dakota killed a neighbor's pug last year and later broke out of court-ordered confinement to bite the neighbor's Pekingese, which survived. Dakota was ordered held at a shelter and has since been adopted.

    Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

    LePage says the new owner didn't know about the court hearing.

    Pet pardons aren't unprecedented. In 1994, Democratic New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman saved a Japanese Akita that faced execution.

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