Dogs Get Day in Court after Receiving Subpoenas

By the Associated Press | December 14, 2011 | 5:36 PM EST

Merlin, a Great Dane, waits inside The Multnomah County Courthouse on Dec. 9, 2011 in Portland, Ore. Four dogs, including Merlin, were subpoenaed to the Multnomah County Courthouse Monday and Tuesday in a criminal case. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It might be winter in Oregon, but one county court is experiencing dog days.

Four canines have been subpoenaed to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court for the trial this week of two Portland residents accused of neglecting them.

Prosecutors accused Wayne Martin and Layne Woods of failing to give two of the dogs adequate veterinary care. Defense attorney Chris O'Connor subpoenaed the dogs to demonstrate that they were in good shape.

Jurors on Tuesday took a long look at Merlin, Patches, Coco and Raven on the witness stand. Raven slobbered a bit, but the rug hid the spot.

Judge John Wittmayer told The Oregonian ( that he had once been told about such a procedure from three decades ago, but nobody else recalled anything similar.


Information from: The Oregonian,