updated 6/15/2005 3:17:01 PM ET 2005-06-15T19:17:01

They say every dog has his day. But in court?

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A golden retriever named Murphy has received a summons to appear in court in Newton, Mass., to answer a complaint that he was being walked without a leash and was not up to date on his license.

Actually, it wasn’t Murphy but his owner, Steven Dean, who was supposed to get the summons. But since Murphy is also a common human name, the animal control officer apparently got confused and sent the complaint to the dog.

Dean tells the Boston Herald that he doesn’t see how Murphy will be able to come up with the $50 fine.

Magistrate Henry Schultz says as far as he can remember, Murphy will be his first canine defendant.

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