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March 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

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Daily News: Dog that mauled Port Angeles boy won't be euthanized

Posted by John de Leon

A dog that mauled an 11-year-old boy while the child's father was away stealing a motorcycle last month will not be put down, according to the Peninsula Daily News.

Jack, a 50-pound Labrador retriever mix, will be allowed to live at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, where he has been staying since shortly after the attack, Port Angeles Police Chief Terry Gallagher tells the Daily News. "It's a place that specializes in caring for dogs such as Jack," Gallagher said.

When animal sanctuary Director Steve Markwell took in Jack about three weeks ago from an animal shelter in Port Angeles, where the dog had been quarantined, "he flinched a lot," Markwell said, "You can tell he's been pretty badly abused," Markwell told the Daily News.

Jack is one of 80 dogs at the sanctuary.

Jack bit the Port Angeles boy on his face, hands and arms on Feb. 3 in an unprovoked attack. The dog's owner and boy's father, Matthew B. Sims, allegedly left the boy alone to steal a motorcycle, police said. He is serving three months in Clallam County jail for dangerous dog attack and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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