VERNON, Conn. (CBS/AP) – A Siberian Husky who was targeted for euthanasia after twice killing neighborhood chickens has been spared, but she’s been banished from the Connecticut town where she’d been living.

An agreement Thursday between the town of Tolland and Richard Rosenthal, founder of The Lexus Project, an animal defense group, makes Rosenthal responsible for Luna. The Hartford Courant reports that he will give the dog to Double Dog Rescue in Massachusetts.

Luna had been in the Tolland animal pound since June 20 after she escaped from her owner’s property and killed a neighbor’s chickens for the second time in a week. Luna’s owner had been ordered to build an enclosure that would prevent the dog from escaping again, but after failing to comply, Luna broke free six days later and went after the chickens yet again.

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Photograph of "Luna" after being freed. (Courtesy "Save Luna from the Tolland, CT Dog Pound" Facebook Page)

A Facebook page in support of Luna drew the attention of Rosenthal and he obtained a temporary restraining order against euthanizing the dog. More than 3,000 people “liked” the page and many offered a showing of support on the page’s wall.

“Bravo to everyone and their efforts for this happy day !!! Congrats to Luna!!!” wrote Leigh Radziwon.

Lisa Laspino added: “I would like to thank all who contacted the court house, faxed letters , etc. We helped saved Luna’s life. Now Luna has the chance to live a happy life.”

The owner of the chickens supported the idea of the dog not being put down and instead finding a new home out of the state. Luna’s original owner has offered to pay for the chickens the dog killed.

Information from: The Hartford Courant,

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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