Consider what an understandably elated Barton told the Plymouth Herald following the decision to free Ice:
"We are really happy. It has been a very long time. She has a lovely nature, she is a real family dog," he says.
"She grew up with my daughter, Hope, who is now aged three. We have had to tell her that she has been in hospital with a sore leg."
"Ice is her favourite."
Instead of considering how much the Barton family loved and missed their dog, the trial debated how much Ice deserved this love - by trying to prove to what degree she could be labeled a pit bull. In fact, an expert for the defense identified 68 pit bull characteristics, suggesting Ice only exhibited 45.