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Peetie the pup homeward bound

January 09, 1997

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Peetie the pup is going home.

A judge on Wednesday ordered the Frederick County Humane Society to return the year-old pooch to Laurie Wolf. She had been fighting to get him back since July 20, when her husband Richard gave him to the humane society because the dog had chewed up a pair of shoes and a pack of cigarettes.

"She's thrilled," said Laurie Wolfe's lawyer, Robert Meier Jr.

The humane society had argued that Richard Wolfe was a legal owner of the dog, and that he had signed the proper documents relinquishing ownership to the society.

"Most people, when they come in and say `This is my dog, I want to give it to you,' are telling the truth," John Clapp, the society's attorney, said.

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Clapp said the society had no plans to appeal the Circuit Court decision. They have 30 days to do so.

The humane society had prevailed through two reviews of the case by its adoption review board and an appeal to Frederick County District Court. Circuit Judge Herbert Rollins overturned the lower court's decision.

Meier said the "bizarre set of circumstances" made Peetie's case an exception to the society's rules.

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