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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A Great Dane accused of killing a Golden Retriever last month at a St. Charles County dog park has been returned to its owner.

Colene McEntee, public affairs coordinator for St. Charles County, says the owner of Zeus the Great Dane has agreed to take the dog to training, socialization classes, and future behavior evaluations.

Zeus was accused of killing a Golden Retriever named Buddy March 30 at Quail Ridge Park's off-leash dog area. Zeus was surrendered to St. Charles County Animal Control the day after the incident.

"Following completion of an investigation, including a canine autopsy of Buddy, which was authorized by his owner, it was determined that there were no puncture marks, crushing or other identifiable cause of death of Buddy. Further, the County has been unable to locate the other dog witnesses describe was involved. Additionally, the County had a behavioral review conducted of Zeus," said McEntee.

Zeus is also no longer allowed at dog parks or other off-leash animal facilities and his owner is required to put a no-bite muzzle on him when he is around unfamiliar animals or people.

McEntee says Buddy's owner has been notified of the agreement between Zeus' owner and St. Charles County.

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