Two Akitas involved in the fatal attack of a poodle nearly two years ago in Hagerstown will live out their lives at an animal rescue.
Kim Intino, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Washington County, wrote Tuesday in an email that the dogs were shipped to a rescue group in a different state.
“A few months ago, HSWC, in conjunction with Washington County officials and the attorney for (the dogs’ owner), entered into an agreement to allow the dogs to be transferred into the custody of a reputable Akita rescue organization located out of state,” Intino wrote.
She said she could not comment further for legal reasons.
The Akitas, a large breed of dog native to Japan, attacked and killed the poodle Dec. 27, 2016, after they escaped from from their owner’s home on Cannon Avenue.
The Humane Society seized the Akitas four days after the attack.
The owner of the Akitas, Charlie Shapiro, told Herald-Mail Media last year that his dogs killed another dog several months before the incident with the poodle. But in the first killing, Shapiro said, the other dog attacked his dogs first.
After the second fatal attack, Shapiro filed multiple appeals to save the Akitas from being euthanized.
Online court records show he settled with the owner of the poodle for $724.