Dog that bit news anchor released from quarantine

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DENVER -- A dog rescued from an icy pond 11 days ago---and then quarantined for biting a Denver news anchor the following day--is finally back home.

Max's owners picked him up from the Denver Animal Shelter Saturday morning.

"Today is like having a new birth in the family," says Michael Robinson of his Argentine Mastiff.

But instead of months, he's had to wait 10 days to take his baby home from the Denver Animal Shelter.

"We're glad to get him back and hopefully get him on track and get him on a road to recovery," he says.

A recovery from three traumatic experiences.

The first happening February 7, when Max fell into an icy reservoir and struggled to stay afloat for 30 minutes, until firefighters plucked him to safety.

Then, the following day, a news station invited Max to appear on their program when he suddenly bit the news anchor on the face.

That led to a 10-day quarantine at the animal shelter and also to an outpouring of support.

Online petitions drew 5,000 signatures urging an early release. Supporters felt the city was punishing Max excessively.

"We still are not getting answers as to why he can't be quarantined at a vet clinic. The only answer we get is, 'because I said so,'" said petition leader Andrea Guzman.

"The primary concern is the public safety and health and making sure that we're able to observe the dog for 10 days," said Doug Kelley of the Denver Animal Shelter.

Robinson says Max was up to date on his vaccinations and has never had a history of aggressive behavior.

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