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Dog that mauled McKeesport baby sent to sanctuary

Helo (formerly known as Nikko), a husky that mauled a McKeesport newborn to death in February, will be sent to an out-of-state sanctuary. Submitted photo

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By Bobby Kerlik
Friday, April 27, 2012, 10:43 a.m.

The husky that killed a McKeesport infant will be sent to an out-of-state animal sanctuary, an Allegheny County judge said today. County prosecutors and attorneys for Helo the husky agreed this morning that the dog would be sent to the sanctuary and could not be adopted by families. Attorneys declined to name the facility. Prosecutors previously sought to have the animal declared a dangerous dog, which likely would have resulted in its euthanization, after it attacked 2-day-old Howard Nicholson Jr. on Feb. 16. A Churchill man subsequently adopted the dog and appealed prosecutors' plans. Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski approved the agreement. The baby's mother, Brandy Furlong, 21, told police that she placed her son in a baby seat on the living room floor and left the room. She heard screaming and returned to find the infant bloodied, and the husky near it. The child died about 90 minutes later. County police charged Furlong last month with violating the state's dangerous dog laws, a misdemeanor.

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