Death-row dog begs for a treat--acquittal

The case of a Hauppauge pit bull sentenced to death in 2003 for attacking other animals has reached the appellate division court in Brooklyn Friday. Duke, the pit bull in question owned by Denise Menendez,

News 12 Staff

Oct 27, 2007, 12:45 AM

Updated 6,109 days ago

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The case of a Hauppauge pit bull sentenced to death in 2003 for attacking other animals has reached the appellate division court in Brooklyn Friday.
Duke, the pit bull in question owned by Denise Menendez, received multiple stays of execution over the past four years, during which time he has been housed at Islip Town Shelter.
The dog was accused of attacking other animals. Menendez's attorney, Amy Chaitoff, argues the law about dog-on-dog attacks wasn't written at the time of the incidents.
"In 2003 when these...alleged incidents occurred, they didn't cover dog-on-dog attacks," Chaitoff said. "So you can't [enforce] a statute that didn't exist."
Menendez said Duke is a big mush and a victim of mistaken identity.
A decision is expected in six to 12 weeks, during which time the dog will continue to stay at the shelter. Menendez said she visits the dog multiple times a week.


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