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Salem's Phineas the dog moved again

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May 23, 2013|By: Staff

SALEM, Mo. -- The dog at the center of outrage on social media in the Ozarks has a new home.

This week, a judge ordered Phineas the dog moved to a veterinarian's office in Salem, Missouri.  The dog had been under watch by city leaders for several months.  But, inspectors with the Department of Agriculture suggested the dog be at a licensed care facility.

The dog has been in city custody for nearly a year after authorities say it bit a girl in June of 2012.  Salem Mayor Gary Brown says that was the second time that child had been bitten.  Her younger sister had been bitten once, according to the police report Brown said.  The girls live next door to the owners of the dog.  Authorities also say the dog did not have rabies shots up to date.  The city deemed the dog vicious and ordered it to be euthanized in July of 2012.  The owners of Phineas appealed that decision in court. 

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Phineas' owners have been able to see the dog at its news location.  The case was to be heard Thursday by a judge.  No hearing was held Thursday.

The family that owns Phineas the dog has received support throughout the world.  Supporters have flooded in-boxes of both city leaders and news organizations claiming the dog is being abused. City leaders argue that's far from the truth.  Brown says he now is receiving death threats over the case.  He says he has received some 3,000 emails concerning the case.  The city is paying the $10 per day fee to care for the animal.

(Picture courtesy "Save Phineas" Facebook page)

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