Judge Upholds Ruling For Congo The Dog To Be Put Down

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The story of Congo, a 2 1/2-year-old German Shepherd, has been making nationwide headlines. There has been debate over if this dog was simply protecting his owner or if he is vicious and needs to be put down.

On Tuesday, Municipal Court Judge Russell Annich Jr. upheld his ruling deeming Congo a vicious dog and that he should be euthanized. Annich also stood by his decision that the four other dogs involved in the incident will be labeled “potentially dangerous” and they will be subjected to stricter muzzling and containment requirements.

Annich, who said he has received death threats over this case, denied Congo’s owners, Guy and Elizabeth James, to allow them to have custody of Congo while they appeal his fate to the Superior Court.

More than 100 protesters, some with their own dogs, carried signs, chanted “Save Congo” and asked drivers to honk their horns as they demonstrated in front of the township municipal building for hours leading up to the sentence hearing.

Last week, the James turned down a plea deal by the state prosecutor that would have allowed all dogs, including Congo, to return back home after being designated as potentially dangerous.

This would require tattooing, $700 per year for each dog in licensing fees, and police notification if released.

The James’ lawyer said, “I don’t think that choice is really a choice. It’s the lesser of two evils … I don’t believe that was the right message to send to the public. ”

James added, “By labeling our dogs, we’re agreeing they’re dangerous.”

The date for Congo’s euthanization has been postponed pending the James’ appeal.

Source: Trenton Times

(Thanks Lynn, Sharon)

55 Responses to “Judge Upholds Ruling For Congo The Dog To Be Put Down”

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  1. amimal lover says:

    Low Class hate is not what it is. It is frustration on how we as true Americans are constantly put on the back burner while our Government helps those who come here illegally or those who dont want to work. It is your and my taxes that are raised because they dont pay theirs, it is you and I that are looked upon badly when we truly need assistance because we must support them, their illegal partners and illegal kids. I am a single mom who single handedly raised her daughter from the time she was five and I divorced her father. Never once did I milk the system. Only once I went for assistance for unemployment and I was looked upon as I was the one milking the system, it was me questioned as every person who coukd not speak English was written their check. Thats where the anger comes from. I will embrace them when they come legally, respect us, our way of life and our laws. In this case it was another disrespectfull illegal taking what he can get…. So how is he going to pay taxes on the settlementwith no SSN????? Thats right you and me are and it will be me and you paying higher premiums as well. We as Americans must follow the laws so why dont the????

  2. Ron Clark says:

    If Congo is to be euthanized, the judge and the illegal should go first. Kick the judge out of the country and send the illegal through Texas with a sign on his back. (Hope he doesn’t end up on private property).

  3. MARTHA says:

    I HAVE FOUR GERMAN SHEPHERDS IF SOMEONE GRABBED ME MY DOGS WOULD DO AS CONGO DID,& PROTECT ME.THEY ARE VERY SWEET & GENTLE DOGS.ALSO VERY INTELLIGENCE TO SENSE WHEN OWNER IS IN DANGER.CONGO WAS PROTECTING SOMEONE HE LOVES.HE SHOULD NOT BE PUT DOWN. KICK THE ILLEGAL MAN OUT OF USA! THANKS

  4. just.sayin says:

    The immigation debate does not belong here. Spend ten minutes researching the facts of the case and you will see that the James’ are negligent. Mr. Rivera works for Mr. James’ brother. The garderners had been at the house earlier and left due to rain. They were to return later to meet a deadline for the James’ upcomming party. They stayed in the car as instructed by Mr. James who was taking a bath. When Mrs. James pulled up in her car the gardeners exited their vehicle. She had been out searching for the sixth German Shephard who was loose from the yard. Mr. Rivera had a rake and hit the dogs presumably in self defence. He then tried to hide from the attacking pack of dogs behind Mrs James. She fell/was pulled/was pushed/to the ground. Unfortunately there is no mention of a fenced yard but the cars pulled up to a danger zone as evidenced by Mr. James warning the gardeners. Aggrivating factors of the James’ negligence include unlicenced/unvaccinated dogs. The James family can save Congo by swallowing their pride and admitting that their dog viciously attacked someone unprovoked. They want to change the law to cover their irresponsible behavior and allow the next irresponsible dog owner to have an out.

  5. just.sayin says:

    A friend of mine had a magnificent white German Sheherd. The dog was great but had a quirk in his personality. The dog was liable to bite anyone who did not act right around him or his owner. I was oblivious to this upon first meeting the dog. I did not fear him and he let me play with him without incident. When the dog was in the yard he would look out of the gate at people passing by. He would not bark and he would wag his tail. If they approached the gate, his tail would wag even more ( I could swear he was grinning). If they reached through the gate to pet him he would explode and bite. He earned respect the old fashioned way. He showed his superiority to all around him on his own terms.

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