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Case Closed on Hitler-Saluting Pooch

The saga of Adolf, the Berlin canine trained to give a raised-arm, "Sieg Heil" Hitler salute, came to an abrupt end Wednesday after a local court decided to drop its case against its owner. The man, identified in court papers as Roland T., had been charged with breaching Germany's rigid anti-Nazi laws. A spokesman for the court said that the illegality of the act was questionable. However, must still answer additional charges in court, including allegations that he had practiced the Hitler salute himself while chanting "Sieg Heil." Prosecutors said the unwitting shepherd performed his tasteless trick in front of two German policemen. Nazi symbols and gestures, including words and actions which can be interpreted as condoning Nazism, are illegal in Germany.