Beau the dog gets stay from Dyersburg judge

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) – The fate of a Dyersburg dog named Beau remains uncertain amid legal wrangling between his owner and the city about his possible euthanasia.

Beau, a 2 ½-year-old golden retriever-German shepherd mix, had been scheduled to be euthanized Thursday after a judge determined the dog was vicious in October. Beau is accused of killing a duck and attempting to bite a boy.

But, as the State Gazette reports, a Circuit Court judge issued a stay in the case after lawyers for the dog’s owner, Danny Higgins, said they plan to file an appeal with the city courts and the Court of Appeals.

Thousands of people have signed a petition to stop the euthanasia. Higgins has said he cannot afford the money needed to comply with the city’s vicious dog ordinance.

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