PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A court hearing was held today over the fate of the dog blamed in the death of a newborn baby in McKeesport last month.

There is growing debate over whether or not the dog should be put down following the child’s death.

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Accused in the mauling death of 2-day-old Howard Nicholson, Jr., the fate of the Husky, called Nikko, was supposed to be determined today.

However, the 18-month-old dog’s future long term will not be determined for another three weeks.

Citing an agreement between the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and the man trying to adopt the animal, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski ordered the dog to be put under independent behavioral supervision and veterinary care for the next three weeks.

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After that time period, a report will be submitted to the court. Then, the judge says he’ll hold a hearing to review the findings and determine if the animal should be put down or put up for adoption.

William Uhring wants to adopt Nikko. Uhring and attorneys representing his interest were in court today. Uhring and his council declined comment on the arrangement.

The Office of the Allegheny County District Attorney released a short statement regarding the apparent agreement.

It reads: “There is a process involved in dealing with this animal, and the court is following that process.”

The next hearing has been set for April 5.

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