LePage pardons dog that was sentenced to die

AUGUSTA, Maine — Seeking to save a once-violent husky named Dakota from a death sentence, Gov. Paul LePage issued a pardon on Thursday in an effort to spare the newly adopted dog, lining up against a judge’s order and the district attorney.

It was unclear on Thursday whether a Maine governor has ever pardoned an animal, but it’s the biggest legal case on a dog’s fate since 1984, when Tucker the bullmastiff was kidnapped from a cage by advocates after the state’s high court affirmed a ruling condemning him to death.

The governor said in a Thursday statement that he “reviewed the facts of this case and I believe the dog ought to be provided a full and free pardon,” issuing one with his signature.

And while his office said it made the announcement “in an effort to shed light” on Dakota’s plight, Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney is reviewing LePage’s authority to issue a pardon here and a law professor said he may have the authority.

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