Judge calls timeout, allows DNA tests in dog's death

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - (10/04/16) - A judge has cleared the way for a DNA test in a last-ditch effort to keep a dog from being euthanized in the death of a neighbor's pet.

Vlad, a Pomeranian, was found dead on Aug. 24 in St. Clair in St. Clair County. Jeb, a Belgian Malinois, is blamed for Vlad's death.

The Times Herald in Port Huron (http://bwne.ws/2d96cRx ) says a judge ordered a 30-day timeout Monday so DNA samples from both dogs can be analyzed. The work will be performed at the University of Florida.

Authorities say Vlad's injuries suggest he was picked up and shaken by a larger animal at his home.

But Ed Marshall, a lawyer for Jeb's owners, says the tests might show the presence of another animal. Meanwhile, Jeb remains in custody.

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com

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