Judge to Hear Case
Keansburg, NJ - A Humane Society official plans to recommend to a judge that a pit bull terrier that attacked a postal carrier be euthanized, saying that based on its behavior, the dog should not be released back into the public. The dog, 3-year-old Ruckas, has been in custody since Jan. 11, after he attacked and bit Robert Ketch, a postal carrier. Humane Society officer Bruce Sanchez said:
"In a situation where a dog has created this much damage while the owner was standing there and the dog got past them, there's no question as to whether or not this is a potentially dangerous dog."
Sanchez has refused to return the dog to his owners since the attack, saying that based on the dog's behavior, he's too dangerous. The victim, Robert Ketch, must be breathing a sigh of relief at this assessment. But we imagine he is confused as well: Why, after an unprovoked attack that led to a severe mauling are we in a courtroom questioning the future of this dog?
Robert Ketch still hasn't returned to work since the attack, but he has stood before City Council and taken a powerful stance. He said, "I am trying to find out whether there is anything that our borough can enact that can take the vicious animals -- the pit bull, the Doberman (pinscher), the Rottweiler and the chow -- off the streets."
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