Owner of Dangerous Rottie Wants to Take Dog to New Town
Millstone Township, NJ - In a complicated story that involves two dog owners and three rottweilers -- two declared "potentially dangerous" -- owner, Kathleen Cunningham, believes there is a solution: Move herself and her remaining dangerous dog to a new state.
Dogs declared Potentially Dangerous or Dangerous should not be allowed to cross state lines, whereby eliminating these public safety labels and planting the dogs into new, unsuspecting neighborhoods.
The best example of Cunningham's "solution" is the Catholic Church. Instead of punishing priests known to be abusers, they shipped them to a new parish, whereby allowing them to continue their behavior. Cunningham's solution is not only irresponsible, it's malevolent.
After tearing up a goat last year, both Boy and Nikki, her rotties, were declared, "Potentially Dangerous." Last January, Boy tore up a second goat (from the same goat farmer). After the second attack, Boy, was ordered euthanized. Cunningham plead guilty to violating the state "potentially dangerous dog" law by allowing Boy to be loose, which resulted in a fine.
Cunningham's court-appointed public defender, Mark Tarantino, told Judge Gelson that she planned to move Nikki out of state. Gelson said Cunningham has to supply Animal Control with information on the move. DogsBite.org hopes Animal Control warns the new community about Cunningham's irresponsible past, including conviction, and her dog Nikki.
01/30/08: Selectmen Order One Dog Killed; Second Gets Reprieve