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W.Va. woman appeals order to euthanize pit bull

PRINCETON, W.Va. -- A Bluefield woman is appealing a municipal court order mandating that her pit bull be put down.

Estella Mae Robinson contends that the municipal court doesn't have the authority to order the destruction of her dog, Major.

The municipal court ruled in April that Major had to be euthanized after the dog bit an animal control officer.

Media outlets report that Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler held a hearing on Robinson's appeal Wednesday.

Sadler said he hopes to issue a ruling within a week.

Robinson's lawyer, Gerald Linkous, told Sadler that under state law, only magistrates and circuit judges can order the destruction of an animal.

City Attorney Brian Cochran said municipalities have authority under the law to destroy vicious dogs.


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