- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A Manatee County judge has declared a Florida law mandating dogs that cause severe injury to people be euthanized as unconstitutional, meaning a 4-year-old Lab mix will not be put to death.

The Bradenton Herald (http://bit.ly/1Zepkju) reports Padi bit a child’s ear June 4 when the child was visiting a veterinarian office owned by Padi’s owner, Paul Gartenberg. All parties generally agree that Padi had gone into a corner to get away from the child and the child followed. Accounts differ on whether the child lunged at Padi or if Padi lunged first.

Because the injury required stitches and reconstructive surgery, Florida statutes mandated that Padi be euthanized. The case went to court, and in a decision finished Monday, the judge declared the law unconstitutional.

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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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