Dog’s life is spared by order of the law lords

British court reprieves dog sentenced to die for barking

Source: Paul Kelbie
Independent November 14 2001 p11

The High Court in Edinburgh, Scotland, has reprieved a dog which had been sentenced to death for barking. The dog, a West Highland terrier, was sentenced to death by a Scottish court in September 2001, after a neighbour had complained about his barking. A campaign to save the dog’s life was mounted, with 2,500 signatures on a petition to plead that the dog’s life be spared. The dog’s neighbour also supported the campaign. The dog has been retrained by an animal behaviourist. The High Court ruled that the dog cannot live with his owner, but has to be found somewhere to live by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.