A disabled Vietnam veteran in West Bath, Maine, is anxiously awaiting a judge’s decision today to see if his dog will be euthanized.
ABC News reported yesterday that George Boynton, 61, owns a Malamute mix named Myriah who was deemed to be dangerous by the court after she allegedly attacked a smaller dog.
A district court will decide today if three-year-old Myriah will be returned to Boynton, euthanized, or transferred to a facility. Myriah has been held at a humane society since November of last year, but was in court on Monday with Boynton.
Last fall, Myriah allegedly attacked a dog belonging to Boynton’s neighbor. According to assistant district attorney Jonathan Liberman, Myriah was not on a leash at the time of the incident and was not listening to commands. The dog that she bit, a 13-year-old Beagle mix named Lila, was on a leash during two of the three incidents.
Boynton has stated that he believes that Myriah was playing with Lila and not attacking her. He stated: “This canine isn’t full of a whole lot of hostility toward living things.”
According to Liberman, a veterinarian’s examination revealed no serious injuries from any of the incidents, but Lila did have bruising and tenderness on her shoulder and neck.
According to the animal control officer who responded to the complaints, Myriah is a “sweetheart.” Her owner has been charged with keeping a dangerous dog, failure to properly license a wolf hybrid, allowing a dog to be at large, and failure to properly license a dog.
It is unclear if Myriah is a wolf hybrid, as she was registered as a “Malamute mix” after the trial. According to Liberman, there could be several outcomes from the judge’s decision. He stated:
Euthanasia is on the table, but we are doing what we can to explore other options to keep the animal alive and still ensure the safety of the neighbors and dogs in the surrounding area.
I don’t think that I get up in the morning and say I’d like to take someone’s dog away today or that I’d like to euthanize someone’s dog. That’s something that’s difficult to do in every one of these cases, and it’s not something that we do unless we feel that there is an absolute need for it based on danger to other dogs.”
Boynton told WMTW that he just wants his dog back, stating:
She is my emotional support animal. She’s who puts the sunshine in my days. She’s my little everything. She’s my stability.”
Myriah, who made an appearance in court yesterday, was seized after Boynton’s neighbor lodged his complaint and has been at the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick ever since.
Boynton added: “Us people are showing her the worst of us.”
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