A death row dog considered dangerous may be getting a reprieve.
Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he has pardoned Dakota the Alaskan husky from a death sentence levied at a court hearing last week.
District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says her office is researching LePage's pardoning power.
Dakota killed a neighbor's pug last year and later broke out of court-ordered confinement to bite the neighbor's Pekingese, which survived. Dakota was ordered held at a shelter and has since been adopted.
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LePage says the new owner didn't know about the court hearing.
Pet pardons aren't unprecedented. In 1994, Democratic New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman saved a Japanese Akita that faced execution.