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Dog owner suing Town of Hempstead for euthanizing his dogs

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Two dogs belonging to Marbin Funez were euthanized a year ago by the Town of Hempstead, N.Y. when they accidentally escaped from their fenced backyard. The family is now suing, stating the dogs were not dangerous and that they were euthanized without the owner's permission reported

One year ago, when Funez' two pit bull mixes named CC and Yankee escaped, a police officer shot one of the dogs in the back leg. The two dogs returned home, but the story was far from over.

When officers came to the home, the grandfather was told to sign a form giving the Town of Hempstead Animal Control complete control of the dogs; the grandfather however spoke no English and had no idea what authorities were telling him to sign.

The next day the family went to Animal Control to reclaim their dogs, and were then told the dogs had been euthanized.

The family is now suing the town for $1million claiming they had no right to euthanize the family's dogs with Funez claiming his dogs were extremely friendly and gentle; after all the home was filled with young children. In addition, the dogs were never deemed as dangerous.

The Town of Hempstead is defending their actions stating that police would not have fired at dogs if the dogs weren't dangerous.

Now it's up to the courts to decide.

Rest in peace CC and Yankee.

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