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Dog Escapes Death Sentence

October 27, 1994 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A dog sentenced to death in the fatal biting of a 70-year-old woman has been given a reprieve - if it can adjust to life on the straight and narrow as a police dog.

The Magistrate’s Court had ordered that Le Roc, a Rottweiler, be put to sleep after the attack on the woman last month.

On Thursday, however, High Court Judge Syed Ahmad Idid ordered the dog handed over to the police for training sniffing out drugs and criminals.

″After a couple of months, should the police consider that the dog is beyond redemption, then they will put it to sleep,″ the judge said.

A local lawyer, S. Selvanathan, who described himself as a dog lover, had appealed to the High Court on the dog’s behalf.