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Death-row dog given stay

A Vancouver dog scheduled for execution has been given a chance to have his case heard in the country's highest court.

Punky — a four-year-old American cattle dog — was scheduled to be put down Friday, but an 11th-hour decision has given his owner a rare opportunity to apply for a leave to appeal. This will give them a chance to have the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa review their case for a possible appeal, CTV News reports.

"[Friday] was supposed to be Punky's execution day and he's been granted a reprieve by this stay. So it's really wonderful that Punky's around to fight another day," said Victoria Shroff, an animal law lawyer for Shroff and Associates.

Punky a menace to society

Shroff said the decision is almost unprecedented.

"Ground-breaking cases like this one are really significant for animals and the law in Canada because it is ushering a new era of understanding of animals and the law and how we treat animals under the law," she said.

Punky's saga began in Sept. 2017, when he attacked a woman at the Spanish Banks off-leash dog area.

The City of Vancouver seized him and deemed him dangerous. His owner, Susan Santics, has been fighting the city through the courts to appeal its decision to put him down.

Court documents show Punky, who was two years old at the time, caused serious injuries to the woman's hands and legs.

Santics said she has been receiving animal training in the last two years to prevent history from repeating itself. She believes Punky can be rehabilitated and continues to fight to keep him alive.

Punky's legal team has been given 30 days to file the application. 

— With files from CTV News Vancouver



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