Judge rules Luna the dog can go home in Troy

December 18, 2018 06:22 PM

Just in time for Christmas, an agreement has been reached in the case involving Luna the dog. She will be allowed to go home.

A judge agreed to vacate an original plea, which ordered the dog to be put down.


NewsChannel 13 first told you about Luna back in November, after she bit another dog and its owner who lived in their multi-family house in Troy. Luna has since been at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

This was a case where the city of Troy had a law that stated a dog could be deemed dangerous after one bite and would be euthanized as a result.

Since then, that law has changed as a direct result of this case. Republican State Senator James Tedisco stepped in, there was talk about a possible pardon from the governor.

Now, it's the resolution Luna's owner had hoped for all along. Under the agreement, Luna will be allowed to go home after she is spayed and microchipped.

For the next two years, Luna will be on a sort of probation. It's what is called an "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal" or an ACOD. Luna will have to be leashed and muzzled when outside of the home and the owners agreed to a $1,500 fine.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has agreed to cover the cost of the spay and microchipping and their attorney said they will also make arrangements for the fine.

The Humane Society's attorneys got involved in the case because they didn't believe that Luna was a dangerous dog -- and felt that having her euthanized would be against their standards and practices.

They've been taking care of Luna throughout this ordeal and say they are thrilled with this outcome.

The plan is to spay Luna Wednesday if possible. Once she's recovered, she will be able to return home.

The family says they want to thank everyone who has rallied behind them.

The big difference between this settlement and the original request from the city is that if the terms are met, Luna will not be deemed dangerous -- and that's a big deal.

However, if Luna has another incident -- or the owners don't comply, that could potentially change and they could end up back in court. The outcome at that point might not be as happy as the one now.


WNYT Staff

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