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Judge rules against owner on a charge of harboring vicious animals in Minot

MINOT, N.D. - A Minot woman's two dogs will be euthanized, a municipal court judge ordered Wednesday, Dec. 5, after one of her dogs bit a person Nov. 24 while both dogs were on the loose. A responding police officer used a taser on one of the dogs after both were acting aggressively and told the court that it "shouldn't allow the possibility" of the dogs running loose again.

Colby Cameron had been cited for vicious animals, a Class B misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail, a fine of $1,500, or both.

According to neighbors, the dogs had a history of running loose and acting aggressively.

Minot Police Animal Control officers Bobby Roberts and Mary Lovlo both testified that the dogs "not be euthanized."

Under the city's new vicious animal ordinance, a number of conditions must be considered to allow an owner to retain troublesome pets. Those conditions include proof that the dog has been sterilized, has successfully completed an obedience training program and that the dog owner post signs on his property warning of the presence of a dangerous animal.

In making her ruling, Municipal Court Judge Ashley Beall said the safety of Minot citizens must be considered and ordered the dogs to be removed from the city.

Roberts told the court that he did not know of any person or animal shelter that would accept animals considered dangerous and that the pound would only keep the dogs for an additional three days. At the end of that time the dogs would be subject to euthanization.

Cameron told the court that she preferred the entire matter come to an end, again stating that she did not want to subject her neighbors to any further anxiety or trouble. She requested that the court order the dogs to be euthanized as soon as possible.

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