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Judge deems both dogs dangerous in Schenectady city court

SCHENECTADY -- A judge deemed two dogs dangerous in Schenectady city court, and ordered a death sentence for one of the two dogs involved in a vicious attack.

"Words can't even describe what I felt when I heard Victor was being euthanized," says Lindsay McKearn. "I know that Sean did everything he could, my father did everything he could, and we all know I did everything that I could."

Despite the lengths the McKearn family went to, the judge ruled in favor of the city.

"It is sad, nobody is happy when you have to animal euthanized, but at the same time what we have to look at here at the city is what's in the best interest of the public, this dog unfortunately due to whatever reason is dangerous and after a number of attacks it seems to be out of chances," says Carl Falotico, Assistant Corporation Counsel.

Victor has been involved in a number of attacks, two in Niskayuna, and one that led to a small terrier named Templeton's death in Schenectady. That behavior led the judge to determine Victor should be put down.

"I feel awful that I had to give the lawyer authorization to put down victor, it was one of the worst things I've ever had to do," says Sean McKearn.

Sean McKearn's other dog, Tyson will stay confined at the city shelter until the judge decides if he should also be euthanized. The family says Tyson followed Victor in all three attacks, but never initiated.

"He's the sweetest dog I've ever known in my whole life," says Kevin McKearn.

Sean McKearn told CBS6 he feels awful for Templeton's owner. He says he never wanted any of this to happen. Mckern says the goal now is to keep their other dog Tyson alive.

The city and McKearn's lawyers will meet again on August 27th.
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