Sideshow Owner Wins $4K in 5-Legged Pup Case

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 5:04 AM CDT
Lily, pre-amputation, licks a bowl. The Chihuahua terrier mix has been the focus of a legal battle with a freak show owner.   (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner)
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(Newser) – TV judge Jeanine Pirro has handed the freak show world a victory in the case of the 5-legged pup saved from a life on exhibit, the New York Daily News reports. Pirro ruled that the dog's original owner shouldn't have reneged on his deal to sell the animal to John Strong and awarded the Coney Island sideshow operator $4,000. Strong hailed the ruling but says he still wants the dog back from the woman who bought it to give it a normal life, even though it now only has four legs, thanks to surgery.