Crime & Justice

Anaheim wolf-dog Karma had its doggie death row sentence commuted

Karma.
Karma.
Courtesy of Danna Cruzin, OC Register

Karma, the half-husky half-wolf who was sentenced to be euthanized by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, won't be going to doggie death row. A judge ruled that the dog be sent to a wolf sanctuary instead.  

Karma was taken into custody after her owners were arrested. Due to her alleged violent past, Karma was deemed dangerous by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and thus sentenced to be put down. Statements were made that Karma killed a cat. Anaheim code defines a dog vicious if they kill another animal, Christine Garcia, animals rights attorney, told KPCC.

Although California state law defines a dangerous dog, the code also says any city or county can ignore the code and make up their own, said Garcia. "In California code, the most that Karma would have gotten is ... a potentially dangerous dog designation. That's not death."

Garcia argued that there was not enough evidence to convict Karma as a killer. "There is no evidence that Karma actually killed the black cat," said Garcia. There are no witnesses, she said. "We do have one person that says [they] saw Karma with the black cat after the cat was already dead."

Karma's wolf roots also caused some concern. Garcia said that many declarations were made by vets and behaviorists, from several rescues. "I'm grateful that the dog is not being killed," she said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong first name of animal rights attorney Christine Garcia. KPCC regrets the error.