AUGUSTA– Augusta Police are holding a dog in custody after a break in at the State house, which occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The dog in custody is known as Veto, a 1.5 year old Jack Russell Terrier Mix, recently adopted by Governor Paul LePage from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.
Security cameras captured Veto breaking and entering into the Legislative offices by nuzzling a window screen open and squirming through. His little tail can be seen on camera walking up the stairs. From there, it was an easy entry into the Legislative chamber since the Governor had doggy doors installed for the Terrier Mix, funds for which were given by a private donor.
“I’m not sure, but I think he may have peed on my chair” said Sen Justin Alfond (D) Portland, after he performed a sniff test Monday morning. “Do you think that smells normal, or does that smell like dog pee to you?”
“Lepage’s veto is ruining everything,” Said Rep Ben Chipman (D) of Portland.
While no serious damage was incurred, a carpet installation company has been contacted to replace the majority of the flooring in the legislative chamber. The legislative body motioned recess until proper cleaning of the chamber could be completed, primarily due to smell.
At the time of publication, no statement to the press was given from Governor LePage, though sources claim audible laughter was heard coming from the direction of the Blaine House.
Veto is currently being held without bail, because the Augusta Police department are unsure of how to prosecute a dog for petty vandalism.