The Case of the Five-Legged Puppy

Former Westchester District Attorney weighs in

By Hasani Gittens
|  Thursday, Aug 13, 2009  |  Updated 11:11 AM EDT
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The Case of the Five-Legged Puppy

Associated Press

Lily, the five-legged puppy.

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Jeannie Pirro was always known as a dogged prosecutor when she presided over Westchester.  Now, she's gone to the dogs.

The former Westchester District Attorney turned TV judge has just ruled in favor of a Coney Island Freak show owner who claimed breach of contract over the loss of a five-legged puppy .

During today's taping in Chicago, Judge Pirro ruled that "Freaks of Nature" owner John Strong is entitled to $4,000 after the dog's original owner, Calvin Owensby, backed out of a contract to sell it. 

Strong says Owensby reneged on an agreement to sell him the animal for $3,000. Owensby says they didn't sign a contract.

Owensby sold the Chihuahua-terrier mix to a North Carolina woman who wanted to keep the pooch out of the animal show. She's since had the dog's fifth leg removed. 

Strong says he's being paid $300 to appear on Pirro's show. He now plans to fight in court to reclaim the dog.
The episode of "Judge Jeanine Pirro" will air Sept. 21.

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