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Judge orders one dog put down after deadly attack

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Updated: 8/13 9:27 pm

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – A judge announced the fate of two dogs after they were deemed to be dangerous after an attack on another animal.

Sean McKearn, the owner of two dogs that mauled a terrier, was in Schenectady City Court on Wednesday afternoon. A city judge ruled that one of his dogs must be put down while the other remains in the city kennel until further notice.

On June 30, McKearn’s dogs jumped out of a window at their home and went after a smaller dog, which was being walked by its owner. The smaller dog died a few days later. 

On Wednesday, a judge determined that both dogs are dangerous. The dog named Victor, must be put down, while Tyson is to be held in a city kennel.

Police have said that this wasn’t the first time the dogs had been involved in attacks on other animals, but the owners said they got loose because of human error and not aggression.

"Sorry it’s an emotional thing, but he's a neurotic dog, but he's unbelievable,” said Lindsay McKearn, Sean’s sister.  

McKearn’s family's dogs Victor and Tyson were taken by the City of Schenectady after a June 30 attack left the smaller terrier, named Templeton, dead. 

“I know what these dogs are to us, they are family dogs, just like Templeton was to her, these dogs are like children to us,” she said.

Like children though, the City of Schenectady says dogs need to be watched. The city states that on the day in question, reports show that no one was home when Victor jumped out an open window and mauled Templeton as her owner walked near the home. 

“Whether it was a pack mentality, or a territorial issue, the fact remains that they are dangerous to the area in which they are being held at,” said Lt. Mark McCracken.

According to McCracken, sweet as the dogs seem, it isn’t their first attack. He states that the dogs have already been deemed dangerous in the court of law. However, Lindsay McKearn calls the ruling unfair, stating while Victor seems to the aggressor, Tyson simply follows behind.

“The Niskayuna Court deemed both dogs dangerous, even though the family knew Tyson wasn’t involved,” she said.

Lindsay McKearn continues to say in both cases the other dogs fully recovered, and that people have never been hurt in the process.

“I can understand why they're upset, however it's an animal, it's unpredictable,” said McCracken.

“I think that they deserve to live,” said Linsday McKearn.


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