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Community, officials at odds over free-roaming dog

Brian Dugger and his dog Paul wait for a gay pride parade in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 3.

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Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. And he apparently doesn’t want one. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has US$1,800 (NT$54,000) in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house.

He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his freewheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

Janice Conner, co-owner of Butte General Store and Marina, says it all began about 10 years ago when the dog was abandoned at Casa Taco, whose owner cared for Blue until he died two years ago.

After a 48-year-old woman was fatally mauled by pit bulls in nearby Truth or Consequences, Conner says a woman started complaining to the city when Blue would follow her and her dog on a nearby walking path. And this spring, Conner’s husband, Bob Owen, was cited for having Blue off-leash, prompting the legal skirmish that caught the attention of Albuquerque attorney and lake property owner Hilary Noskin.







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