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Released! Shadow the Malamute Held on Death Row Goes Home


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Shadow, the Alaskan Malamute incarcerated in a BC pound on Death Row for 15 months, was pardoned last Friday and returned home that evening. The Regional District Dog Control (RDCO) of Central Okanagan, BC finalized an agreement with the dog’s owners, Peter and Jennifer Madsen, that dropped the charges against Shadow and allowed her to rejoin her family. The family had to install secure fencing and agree to training classes for their dog before the release.

Shadow had been in custody awaiting a court date on allegations that she attacked and bit a woman on March 26, 2011. In exchange for the charges being dropped, the Madsens agreed not to pursue civil charges against the district.


Here’s more footage of the happy moment when Shadow was released to her family, seen in the last few seconds of this very short video. Adding to the joy of the moment, the officer handing her over is smiling and ready to shake Jennifer’s hand.


If you haven’t followed the case closely, you may have missed this recent video with behavior specialists testing Shadow’s aggressiveness and failing to get an aggressive response. Along with months of dedicated and persistent effort, tens of thousands of dollars spent, and the moral support of the community and animal advocates, this video helped to secure Shadow’s release.