The Ruling


On October 18, 2017, the Honorable Judge, John C. Skinder, stated that the inconsistent application of the shelter's role under the Lewis County ordinance caused him to believe that equitable principles, at least for that day, would prevail.

Judge Skinder ordered that Hank be immediately released without cost and that the kill order that had previously been put in place by Judge Buzzard was rescinded and voided.  Hank is finally free!