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Fate of 2 dogs in pig killing case in hands of Monroe judge

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Monroe, MI – We have new details in the case of two Toledo dogs set to be killed for the death of two 4-H show pigs in Monroe County.

In the final hearing in Monroe County Circuit Court on Thursday, the lawyer for the owner of the dogs argued that the nearly 100 year old Michigan law which calls for the execution of the dogs is antiquated.

The fate of those two huskies is now in the hands of a judge who says he will issue his written decision in the next few weeks. The owner of the pigs would not comment to 13abc on or off camera. The owner of the dogs says she's willing to negotiate. She's willing to pay thousands of dollars to save their lives.

Nala and Bugger have been locked up for nine months at the Dog Warden's office in Monroe County.

"I had Nala since she was six weeks old.  Bugger … Nala had him. It breaks my heart," says Katalin Juhasz, one of the owners of the dogs.

The owners say the dogs are on death row because of a state law from the early 1900s that protects poultry and livestock from attacks.

"When that law was passed in 1919, it was an important law," says Janni Juhasz, Katalin's mother. "Many people counted on their livestock to feed their families for the winter.  If you lost your livestock, your family could starve. We're not in that position today."

In May of 2013, the Juhasz family dogs got loose and a Bedford Township hearing officer determined they killed two pigs in a barn.

The owner of the pigs would not talk to 13abc in court on Thursday, but the attorney representing Bedford Township explains her previous testimony.

"When she went to the barn where the pigs are in the stalls, the two dogs in question were still in the stalls," says Phil Goldsmith, the attorney representing Bedford Township. " There were two dead pigs, and the dogs, she testified, were attacking the third pig. She was able to save that pig."

The dogs' owner doesn't believe they killed the pigs.

 "They took on 250 pounds of pork and they didn't get one injury? That doesn't make any sense," says Janni Juhasz.

Despite her dispute, based on the state law an animal can be euthanized after one attack if found guilty.

"The statute simply says the dogs are to be killed, are to be euthanized," says Goldsmith, as he defends how Bedford Township followed due process.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Michael LaBeau says farming is still important to society, saying it is how we eat.

"I don't see any exceptions to this statue," says Judge LaBeau.

The judge asked if both sides tried to make a financial settlement out of court.

Juhasz says her offer of more than five thousand dollars from insurance to compensate for the loss of the pigs is still on the table.

"It's in God's hands," says Janni Juhasz.

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