SPCA Will Not Euthanize Dog
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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