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News item -- barking dogs
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (AP) -- An elderly man who is deaf, legally blind
and diabetic spent a month in jail for refusing to get rid of any of the
dogs he considers family.
James Melvin, 69, who was released from prison Friday, was convicted of
violating an ordinance in the town of Littleton by letting his 14 dogs bark
"I'm not a criminal," Melvin said through a sign-language interpreter....
Melvin's neighbors complained that his dogs made a constant racket that
spoils the peace in their quiet town of 650 people.... The original charges
were filed in 1993 and Melvin was convicted in March. He refused to obey
the judge's order to get rid of all but five dogs, and was sentenced to
jail. An appeal was rejected.
His wife said they will keep their dogs inside more now.
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