A Lake Country Alaskan Malamute named Shadow has been released after spending a considerable amount of time in a Kelowna area dog pound.
The dog, who goes by the name Shadow, was finally returned to its owners Friday afternoon after spending nearly 15 months locked away following accusations the dog had bit a woman's leg in March of last year (2011).
Both the owners and the Regional District of Central Okanagan agreed to a Consent Order that outlines a number of mutually acceptable conditions.
Robert Hobson, Chair of the Central Okanagan Regional District says,"The owners have agreed to fence their property and have it inspected, which as been done so it (the dog) doesn't get out. There will be some behavioural training for the dog and after a year's time, there will be an assessment to ensure the dog has responded well to the training."
Also stipulated under the Consent Order, the dog (Shadow) will have to be on a leash for the first year if it is out anywhere.
"We were never happy having to hold the dog for a period of time that we did, we're very frustrated with the Court System being so slow and we let the Province know that" says Hobson, adding "we're going to work harder in the future to try to get consent orders earlier and to try to get dogs out in a way that ensures public safety which is always our primary concern."