ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It’s a decision no dog owner wants to face, but after Wizard attacked a toddler in May, Musher Jake Berkowitz has dropped his appeal to save his dog’s life.
He’s requested on his kennel’s Facebook page to have Wizard euthanized by the family veterinarian.
In a statement, Berkowitz wrote:
"Due to no indication of releasing Wizard and what we see as inhumane treatment, we cannot continue to allow him to live the way he has at the Mat-Su Animal Control Facility…This is a heartbreaking decision for our entire family at Apex Kennels but one that we as responsible dog owners must make."
(Read Jake Berkowitz's full statement here)
The Berkowitz’s attorney, Myron Angstman said the decision was primarily the family’s due to the fact that there was no end in sight for the case.
“The possibility or likelihood that the case could drag on for months, or perhaps for years with a dog held in a form of custody that we find to be inappropriate, that we find to be for any animal,” Angstman said.