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Chicken-Fried News: Dogs, gone


In the gladiatorial arena in ancient Rome, the emperor gave a thumbs-up or thumbs-down indicating whether the fighter should live or die. The dog version of that same tense drama played out in a Bethany courtroom this week.

Luckily, the two dogs, Brutus and Athena, survived, but not without a price.

According to, the two American bulldogs greeted the wrong neighbor, wife of Bethany police chief Phil Cole, too enthusiastically.

It should be noted that the dogs were puppies that, according to the family, are always happy to see a familiar face. Upon seeing Cole’s wife, Athena and Brutus ran and jumped on her, most likely administering a near-fatal amount of glee and licking.

In what we guess might be a bit of an overreaction, Cole’s wife asked that the dogs be put to death. She did admit that the two pooches had never hurt her before but she believed them to be dangerous.

A judge ultimately disagreed, and the dogs were granted a stay of execution.

However, the terrible twosome can never set foot in their home again.

The judge banned them from Bethany for life.

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