Lawyers Seek Private Dog Euthanasia Hearing In Mauling Case

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Attorneys say they're trying to close a dog euthanasia hearing to protect the privacy of a woman who police said was mauled by two dogs in Plainfield.

The Bulletin reports that Plainfield lawyers along with attorneys for Lynne Denning, 56, of Canterbury, filed a joint motion on Tuesday hoping to prevent the public from attending a hearing on whether to euthanize two of the dogs.

The motion states the evidence includes "graphic photos" of the aftermath of the attack. Police said Denning suffered injuries to her face, chest, arms and legs after being mauled in December.

Officials from the state Department of Agriculture said there was a brief meeting at 10 a.m. the attorneys for the victim and the Town of Plainfield filed a motion to seal all exhibits pertaining to this case and to close all future hearings to the media and to the public.

An attorney representing one of the dog owners said he questions if the motion is being filed as a delay tactic or to prevent the public from seeing the evidence.

The next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1 and will be closed to the media and the public.

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