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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Features Matt Monsour’s Appellate Victory for Dog Kennel

January 27, 2015

Matthew Monsour’s successful pro bono appeal in Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh made front-page news in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – and kept a nonprofit shelter for giant dog breeds open, thereby sparing the lives of more than 20 dogs depending on it for survival. The appeal prevailed on the argument that the shelter was a nonprofit organization, not a commercial kennel, and therefore not subject to the zoning codes plaintiffs claimed the shelter violated. Matthew, who represented the shelter pro bono at trial and on appeal, is quoted as saying the ruling means “nonprofit rescues can save neglected, unwanted and abused dogs without fear that their good deeds will subject them to a kennel ban.”

To read the full story, titled “Giant Breed dog rescue wins court case; can continue operating,” visit www.post-gazette.com. An article about this story also appeared in USA Today's State-By-State section on January 27. For more information on the appellate victory, see our press release. Accounts of previous milestones in this case, plus links to earlier media coverage, are available in our November 2014 and April 2013 announcements.