August 13, 2009

TV judge awards $4,000 in 5-leg dog case

A Chicago TV judge awarded a New York freak show owner $4,000 for the canceled sale of a five-legged puppy that later underwent surgery to have the leg removed.

Judge Jeanine Pirro, whose court show runs daily on the CW network, ordered Calvin Owensby, the original owner of the dog, to pay $4,000 to freak show owner John Strong during an episode slated to air Sept. 8, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Thursday.

Owensby, of Gastonia, N.C., had originally arranged to sell the five-legged Chihuahua-terrier mix, Lilly, to Strong for $3,000 for Strong's display of unusual animals at New York's Coney Island. However, Owensby went back on the deal amid uproar from animal lovers and instead sold the puppy for $3,000 to Allyson Siegel, 45, who also ponied up $1,000 to refund Strong's deposit.

Strong said he was thrilled with the outcome of the TV program, but said he may still consider seeking custody of Lilly, despite the fact that Siegel has had the dog's fifth leg surgically removed.