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The Oregonian, Jamie Francis, Associated Press
Four dogs sit outside the Multnomah County Courthouse on Dec. 9, 2011 in Portland, Ore. The dogs were subpoenaed to the Multnomah County Courthouse Monday and Tuesday in a criminal case.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The talk of the Multnomah County courthouse this week has been four dogs — three Great Danes and a pit bull — who were subpoenaed to appear at a trial.

On Tuesday, after hours of patiently waiting with their handlers, they appeared briefly before a jury. They were well mannered, although one slobbered.

Two Portland residents are accused of neglecting the dogs. Their lawyer summoned the four to demonstrate they are in good shape.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/vuOVV9 ) reports general admiration around the courthouse for the dogs' behavior — no barking, no accidents on the marble floors.

Although the judge said he'd once heard a story about a dog being summoned decades ago in a robbery case, most courthouse workers said they'd never heard of subpoenas going out for dogs.