Thursday, August 28, 2008
Jefferson, NJ - In a post that will certainly cause a ruckus down in comments, authorities recently filed criminal charges against the owner of a rottweiler that is accused of attacking and killing a bear cub. Authorities said the mother of the cub dragged its body back into the woods after the attack. The New Jersey SPCA levied four counts against the dog owner, Teri Daubner.
Daubner was charged with two counts of failure to provide proper shelter for her dog and two counts of causing the death of an animal. The first counts are criminal charges, and the second counts are civil charges filed on behalf of the animal, which we presume is the dead cub. The charges carry a term of up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
Matt Stanton, an NJSPCA spokesman, said the dog had a history of being aggressive. The cub was the second animal killed by the rottweiler this summer. The SPCA did not euthanize the dog after killing the bear cub and a husky dog back in July. They believe the dog's aggression can be treated with training. We imagine Jefferson pet owners are thrilled.
They should have required "training" after the first attack.One rarely hears about an SPCA agency criminally charging a dog owner after the animal kills a dog, cat, horse, donkey, mule, pony, calf, sheep, alpaca, llama, antelope, deer, goat, pig or chickens. We are not too familiar with New Jersey laws, if someone out there is, please let us know. This was a second attack for the dog, which may have sealed the charges.
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| 8/30/2008 1:49 PM |
I do not believe in rehabilitation. Too risky. I have been wary of pitbulls for at 6 years now. It could be longer but I remember well an event 6 years ago, when my daughter was but 3 months old. I took her and my son to a children's fair. A man had a pitbull with him, albeit on a leash (like a leash really matters) and he brought that dog right next to my daughter in her stroller. I was terrified, but tried not to show it, and moved her as far away from that time bomb as quickly as I could. Flash forward 5 years: while outside eating lunch at work, I saw a former co-worker and her dog on the lawn, with about 8 people around her. I decided to go say hi and as I got closer, I saw it was a pitbull. I stopped dead in my tracks, but for some reason decided to still go say hi. Turns out this was a rescue pit and she was going to get it "certified" and she was there to "socialize" the dog; show that others could pet and walk the dog without it harming them or showing aggression, etc. They were all talking to this beast like it was just the sweetest cutest lil thing going. When the former co-worker brought the beast around the circle to me, the dog leapt up and in mid-air, lunged at my face with all teeth bared. Not a sign, or tell, that this was about to happen. I was shaking and sweating from my head to my toes, and left that circle cursing my self for being so stupid as to get anywhere near a pitbull. I'm lucky to still have a face. For some stupid reason, I think I entered that circle to give those damn dogs another chance -- maybe I was just stereotyping? Well, I got my answer in spades...
I know this article is about rotties, but I just had to chime in on rehab for dangerous dogs.
| 9/01/2008 12:23 PM |
NJ dangerous dog laws can be found here: http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnjst4_19_1_4_19A_17.htm#s4_19_16
The rottweiler should have been declared a dangerous dog after the killing of the husky and the owner should have been forced to comply with the added restrictions of owning a dangerous dog in NJ - special license, sign, muzzle, insurance policy and ENCLOSURE WITH TOP, BOTTOM & SIDES.
Also interesting, NJ says a vicious dog includes "2) has engaged in dog fighting activities as described in R.S. 4:22-24 and R.S. 4:22-26" yet shelters have on occassion adopted former fighting pit bulls to the public without informing the new owners of the dog's past in NJ, and attacks have happened because of it.