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ALDERMEN: City has no plans to appeal judgment in Phineas case

Salem Mayor Gary Brown announced Monday night that the city will not appeal the recent court decision regarding the fate of Phineas, a yellow lab accused of biting a child.

Crawford County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein recently ruled that Phineas was to be released and sent back to his family.

Bernstein ruled that Phineas had not bitten before and did not bite a seven-year-old girl. He also ruled the city should not euthanize Phineas.

Aldermen also approved payment of City Attorney William Camm Seay’s final legal bill in the Phineas case, totaling $3,812.50.┬áSeay said a bill may also be coming from Assistant City Attorney Scott Killen from work on the earlier appeal to a higher court.