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Two dogs remain on death row after Hamden attack four years ago

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Channel 3's Courtney Zieller visits with Kato and Kleo this weekend. (WFSB) Channel 3's Courtney Zieller visits with Kato and Kleo this weekend. (WFSB)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

It’s been going on for four years...two Rottweilers have been on death row for allegedly biting a Hamden woman.

The fight has continued to keep Kato and Kleo alive after animal control officers and the courts ordered to have them killed.

The dogs have been in lock-up for most of their life, and their owner Kim Miller still visits them almost daily, as she isn’t giving up hope that they will be out of their cages one day.

“Overwhelmed by the process. The government says we feel your dog did something so bad that we are going to kill them. We are going to take them, you're not going to see them, it's going to months, and it’s going to be years,” said Thom Page, Miller’s attorney.

Four years ago, the dogs got out of a fenced-in yard. Many said the fence was unlatched.

The long legal battle has brought many challenges, including Kato being diagnosed with cancer, with not much longer to live.

About four months ago, a panel of judges heard the case at the appellate court level.

On Tuesday, the official decision came down and it wasn't in Kim Miller's favor.

The decision remains, to kill both dogs.

Page is planning to petition the state's Supreme Court to look over the appellate court’s decision.

If they decide not to, he will take it to the federal level.

He said the state laws on dog bites and the jobs of animal control officers needs to change, and he plans to do that.

“She is going to be on the cutting edge of getting the laws changed for all the other dog owners in the state of Connecticut,” Page said.

Eyewitness News had an exclusive visit with the dogs over the weekend.

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