PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A dog that mauled a baby in McKeesport last week has been seized and quarantined.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office obtained a court order Thursday to take the Husky away from his new owners in Churchill.
Nikko is blamed in the death of a 2-day-old baby in McKeesport last week. The baby’s mother, Brandy Furlong, left the baby in a carrier on the floor while she went upstairs for a few moments. That’s when the dog attacked.
Police say Furlong adopted Nikko from Craigslist just two weeks before the attack. The dog had a broken leg and was living with three pit bulls at the Scott Street home in McKeesport.
On Wednesday, Nikko was released from the custody of McKeesport Animal Control Officer Ken Ferree and turned over to Furlong. She then gave Nikko to William Uhring, of Churchill, who paid several hundred dollars in fees attached to the dog’s release.
Uhring told KDKA-TV he felt sorry for the dog and wanted to adopt it since he already has a Husky and has cared for large dogs in the past.
A state dog warden now has custody of Nikko.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the baby’s death as accidental. The district attorney’s office says the baby’s death is still under investigation.