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TheWorldTonight: Owner delighted as Kez wins reprieve.

THE owner of a death row dog said it was "fantastic" that his beloved pet had been spared at the 11th hour.

Three judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh granted a reprieve to Kez more than a year after the Alsatian-whippet cross made a 12-year-old girl on roller blades fall over and graze her elbow by tugging at her jeans with her teeth.

"I love my dog. It's fantastic it has turned out so well," said 53-year-old owner Bob Armstrong (right).

A witness reported the incident at West Lothian, in June last year and the case went before Linlithgow Sheriff Court, which ruled that the six-year-old bitch was a dangerous dog and should be destroyed.

Kez's legal team argued that the death sentence was excessive.

Yesterday, appeal judges quashed the ruling at a brief hearing.

Victim Sarah Howard had said she did not want to see Kez put down and would rather the pet was just kept on a lead.
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