A Hamburg family got their Christmas wish, and was reunited with their dog after months of it being in a kennel. the Maltese mix was close to being put down after biting a neighbor, but the courts ruled in favor of the family.
“Amazing, it’s been 6 months that we haven’t been actually been able to see him, so honestly it’s the best Christmas gift that we could have ever received. Any of us,” said Lydia Pulka, the dog’s owner.
The pulka family was reunited with their 18 month old multis mix, Ragus, or Gus for short.
For months the dog was held at a kennel in the town of Hamburg, and was close to being euthanized.
A complaint was filed against the dog this summer indicating that the dog bit the family’s neighbor on his leg while he was in the Pulka’s backyard. Court documents state the neighbor bandaged his leg and the bite “wasn’t worthy of an emergency room visit.”
However, Hamburg Town court, after hearing the testimony, ordered that Gus be euthanized, but the family fought to appeal the ruling.
Matthew Albert, who represented the Pulka family and their dog argues that the dog did not cause a serious physical injury on anyone, and therefore euthanizing the dog was unnecessary.