Phineas the dog, a golden lab who's been the focus of controversy in Salem, Missouri, is probably still alive.
The dog was stolen from the veterinarian's office where he'd been staying since shortly after Salem Mayor Gary Brown ordered him destroyed because the dog allegedly bit a 7 year old girl in 2012.
Phineas' owners and their attorney Joe Simon had expressed fears that someone had taken the dog and destroyed him. But Simon told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that a letter was received Friday indicating that the dog is being kept in hiding by someone who believes they're helping the animal.
Last Thursday, a canine bite expert and veterinarian both testified that photographic evidence indicates that Phineas isn't the one who bit the child. The court case is ongoing.