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W.Va. dog euthanized for biting despite prominent backers

May 30, 2019
This undated photo shows Jasper, a four-year-old whippet mix. Jasper, the dog whose case inspired an outpouring of support from politicians in West Virginia amid a long legal battle, has been euthanized for biting two children multiple times. House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw says Jasper the dog was put to death Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Brad Davis/The Register-Herald via AP)
This undated photo shows Jasper, a four-year-old whippet mix. Jasper, the dog whose case inspired an outpouring of support from politicians in West Virginia amid a long legal battle, has been euthanized for biting two children multiple times. House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw says Jasper the dog was put to death Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Brad Davis/The Register-Herald via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A dog whose case inspired an outpouring of support from politicians in West Virginia amid a long legal battle has been euthanized for biting two children multiple times.

House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw says Jasper the dog was put to death Wednesday.

Hanshaw represented Jasper’s previous owner, Brenda Jeffrey, as the case bounced from local courts in Raleigh County to the state Supreme Court and even the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jeffrey surrendered the Whippet mix to a local Humane Society and pleaded guilty to harboring a vicious animal.

As the case played out, Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement saying his office exhaustively looked into it but West Virginia law didn’t allow him to intervene.

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