Board deadlocks on sled dog that attacked child

Jun 25, 2013 -- 9:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The life of a sled dog that attacked a 2-year-old girl has been spared for now. The Mat-Su Animal Care and Regulation Board deadlocked 2-2 Monday on whether to classify the sled dog belonging to Iditarod musher Jake Berkowitz as a "level 5" threat, which would have meant euthanizing the animal. The dog on May 10 broke free from its chain in a Berkowitz's Big Lake dog yard and seriously injured the girl with bites to her neck. She had to be flown to an Anchorage hospital. Berkowitz contends the child's mother was given permission to be in the yard but he didn't know she would be accompanied by small children. Chairman John Wood says if the dog is not euthanized, another attack is likely.

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