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Death row dog gets second chance, with strict conditions

Dog owner Dave Smith has been fighting to save his Shepherd-cross from a death sentence. There may be a way, but he'll have to give up his pet (Brady Strachan/CBC).

You may remember the story of Diesel the dog.

After numerous complaints about aggressive behavior, Diesel was impounded and scheduled to be put down.

His owner, Dave Smith fought the district, taking them to court.The case took two years to go through the court system, while Diesel stayed at the animal control pound.

In the end, the court ruled Diesel was a public safety threat and had to be destroyed.

But this week, the district offered to release Diesel -- on strict conditions.

One of those conditions is that Diesel get a new owner -- anyone but Dave Smith.

That's because the judge in the case accused Smith of "wanton indifference" and called him "profoundly irresponsible."

Paul Macklem is the chief administrative officer for the Central Okanagan Regional District.

He says Diesel's life is now squarely in Mr. Smiths' hands, and in the meantime, had this to say to critics:

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Dave Smith says he also wants Diesel released from the pound and the euthanization order, but he says won't accept the offer as it stands.

Smith says he's in discussions with his lawyer and plans to file a counter proposal.

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