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Phineas Missing from Salem Vet Clinic

SALEM, Mo. -- The dog at a center of a custody controversy that has gained national attention - is missing.
SALEM, Mo. -- The dog at a center of a custody controversy that has gained national attention - is missing.

A dog who is on "doggie death row" and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday is missing from a veterinary clinic..

You might remember Phineas-- the yellow lab from Salem, Missouri, that bit a seven year old girl.
His case has received national attention. He even made appearances on "Inside Edition" in the summer.

The dog went missing over the weekend, from a Dent County veterinary clinic where he had been staying until a court hearing determined whether he should be destroyed or returned to his owners.
 Workers noticed he was gone Saturday morning. The worker who called police said Phineas was at the vet's office when it closed Friday.

Phineas and his owners, Patrick and Amber Sanders, are scheduled to appear in court this Thursday for a hearing on the fate of the dog.
Phineas was quarantined and taken from his owners in June of 2012 for the bite.  Gary Brown, Salem's mayor, deemed the dog as "vicious" and said he should be put down.

The Sanders are appealing that decision through the courts system.  The case is now set to be heart this Thursday in the Missouri Court of Appeals. 

You can learn more about Phineas on the "Save Phineas" Facebook page-- that page has over 175,000 "likes."

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