Closing arguments given in 'dangerous' dog trial

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Closing arguments were presented yesterday in a Ramapo courtroom to determine the fate of a sheltered dog.

Assistant Ramapo Town Attorney Anita Conklin is trying to prove the dog, Niko, is a threat to people. The prosecution says the dog attacked a Clarkstown animal control officer last month at Hi-Tor animal shelter, where the dog lives.

Officials say it was the third aggressive incident involving Niko.

Donald Tracy, who is representing the shelter, says Niko has never bitten anyone and the dog is safe for adoption.

If Niko is declared dangerous, he might have to be constantly leashed or muzzled, or permanently put in a pen. Prosecutors say the dog will not be euthanized.

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