Dog Attack Victim Fearful
UPDATE 10/18/08: The reporter that broke the original story about the $8,000 boarding fee, Bob Gardinier, has posted a follow up. Jacquelyn Boudreau, who suffered 3,000 stitches after a vicious rottweiler attacked her, now fears that someone else will be hurt after Judge Robert Jacon ordered the dog released back to its owner.
"Jacon, in his written decision, said state Agriculture and Markets Law was clear that the lower court should have examined whether or not the dog was provoked in some way. Without testimony regarding that issue, Jacon ruled that under the law the dog could not be deemed dangerous."
Due to her injuries, Jacquelyn was unable to provide testimony at that time. She was later deposed in the civil matter. She said she and her cousin were outside walking and Max was following them when he started to nibble at the girl's ankles. She tried to move away but slipped and fell on the icy driveway. That's when she said the dog jumped on her and attacked.
Henry Bauer, the attorney handling the matter for the town, said officials are considering their options in the case. The Boudreau family is pushing for the town to hold another hearing.
10/16/08: Dog Returned to Owner
North Greenbush, NY - Last week, we reported a story about a rottweiler that accumulated an $8,000 boarding cost -- over the course of a year and at a cost to taxpayers -- while the dog's owner fought to keep the animal from being declared dangerous. It was announced today that a county judge ordered the town of North Greenbush to release the dog back to its owner, Steven Agar, citing lack of proof it's dangerous.
"On Dec. 7, 2007, Jacquelyn Boudreau, 11, of Sand Lake was visiting the North Greenbush home of Agar, her uncle. While walking outside, the Rottweiler, attacked her, ripping off a large section of the front of her scalp and part of an ear. The girl required 2,700 internal stitches and 300 external stitches to close her head wounds and almost lost her ear, her mother, Laura Boudreau, has said."
Back in January, the town had ruled the dog "dangerous" and ordered the animal destroyed. But, today a judge ruled that the town failed to substantiate the dangerous dog label because no testimony was taken from the young girl and her cousin, who were alone with the dog before the attack. In other words, the judge ruled in favor of the assumption that the children provoked the attack.
This judge needs to step down.
10/04/08: Law Keeps Vicious Dog in Boarding at $8,000 Cost to Tax Payers