- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities have euthanized a pit bull that was at the center of a West Virginia Supreme Court case involving municipal court powers.

Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1PfS30p ) that the dog’s owner, Estella Mae Robinson, consented to the euthanization.

Dillow says police received a complaint recently that the dog, named Major, had chased a mail carrier. Police seized the dog last week and a veterinarian euthanized him.

Major had faced euthanization in 2013 after he bit an animal control officer. Robinson appealed the euthanization order by a Bluefield municipal court judge to Mercer County Circuit Court and then the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled in October 2014 that the municipal court didn’t have the authority to order the dog’s euthanization.


Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com

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