Paul LePage

Judge Oks deal to spare life of dog that got disputed pardon

A judge on Monday signed off on a deal to spare the life of a dog that got a disputed pardon from Maine's governor.

Under the deal, the Alaskan husky named Dakota will be sent to a veterinary hospital for training, the Kennebec Journal reported ( ).

A judge had ordered that Dakota be put down after it attacked two other dogs, killing one. Republican Gov. Paul LePage attempted to pardon Dakota in March, elevating the dog to celebrity status.

The newspaper reported that nine lawyers went into court chambers on Monday to discuss the case with the judge prior to the hearing. Those lawyers included two representing LePage.

Under the...