Dog at Center of Mo. Legal Case Appears Safe

Posted: Oct 27, 2013 12:54 PM by The Associated Press

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SALEM (AP) - A dog in the center of a legal battle after being accused of biting a child has been found safe.

The dog, named Phineas, was reunited with its owners Saturday, two weeks after he went missing from a veterinarian's office and one day after a judge spared his life.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports Joe Simon, the attorney representing the dog's owners, said the dog's meeting with the family was brief, and it's unclear when Phineas would return home for good.

The dog had been held since June 22, 2012, when it was accused of biting a 7-year-old girl. Authorities ordered the dog euthanized, and its owners appealed. A legal battle culminated in a Dent County judge ruling Friday he didn't believe Phineas had bitten the child.

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