View Full Version : This is ridiculous!

11-10-2007, 07:19 AM
In Princeton, a family dog, Congo, has been declared “vicious” by municipal Judge Russell Annich Jr.. Because of this, he may be ordered put to sleep, this coming Tuesday. His crime? A landscaper came onto the property of the dog’s owner, Guy and Elizabeth James, after being told to wait. Congo and the family’s other dogs started to bark. One of the landscapers’ started hitting the dogs with a metal rake. Elizabeth James started to yell at him to stop. So, the landscaper grabbed Elizabeth, from behind, and pulled her to the ground. Congo, thinking that his owner was being attacked, did what ANY good dog should do. He tried to protect his owner. The landscaper was bitten, and injured, as he should have been. Now, for being a good dog, Congo might be put to sleep. Should Congo be put to death for protecting his family?


11-10-2007, 09:11 AM
Totally rediculas, people in this world are idiots!

11-10-2007, 10:42 AM
This is insane. If anyone should be put to sleep it is the landscaper. OK, I know you don't get the death sentence for assault. The landscaper assaulted the client! This is insane.

I just read the article again, to make sure it is real. The landscaper also assaulted the clients animals...what could this Judge be using for brains?

11-11-2007, 11:02 PM
Sh*t for brains is my first thought!!

How wrong that this poor dog is even in trouble....Sue the landscaper and the Co. he works for, and give that dog a big ole' steak for protecting his family.

11-12-2007, 06:14 AM
First of all I don't think the dog should be euthenized at all by any means. I'd understand the 10 day quarantine at a vet's office (that's what they do around here if a dog bites anyone). But definitely not put down.

I do somewhat understand the concern. I've always heard that a good guard dog will scare without injury. So I see how what this one did can be seen as aggressive. I want to say yeah, but the dog was provoked. But a "good dog" won't attack even if provoked. (SUPPOSEDLY--this is just what "they" say anyway).

I don't know but as far as I'm concerned, if anyone ever did something like that to me or my dogs I hope they'd attack him just like Congo did. Don't want to wish harm on anyone but do unto others, right?

11-12-2007, 07:10 AM
I dunno who thinks a good guard dog is one that won't attack (Though I have heard the same BS). What's the point in the dog trying to bluff someone???

If some man was hitting my dogs with garden tools and then laid his hands on ME in a forceful manner I have no doubt in my mind that Brutus would try to rip him apart, & Brutus is the most laid back love bug anyone will ever meet. The person in this story already proved he was dangerous (in the dog's eye) by trying to harm them.......by taking it a step further and grabbing the woman, the jerk got what he had coming to him.

I just hope the legal system pulls their head out of their @** and put all the fault on the jerk and not the dog who was doing the only logical thing he could do.

11-12-2007, 12:36 PM
Most dogs, even guard dogs, won't attack without good reason, and it seems clear this dog had a good reason to. If this was a person, I doubt the man would try and sue them for his assault (though I have most certainly seen people try to do that), but I think the fact that it's a dog, and a big one, makes it easier to play on the public bias of "vicious dogs like shepards, rottweilers, and pitbulls".

11-12-2007, 10:48 PM
Very true Arazante. Sadly because of his size that puts him at risk.

We had an inncident in Petsmart where my son (who was 3 at the time) was attacked by a Jack Russel Terrier while he had his back turned. He never looked at, touched or had anythign to do with the dog what so ever..

Blue, my now passed on Weimaraner attacked the JRT, shoook him and did a bit of damage.

We had some nasty legal battles because they were calling for MY dog to be PTS because of the "violent" attack on the small dog.....Guess it didn't matter that the "sweet lil' dog" attacked a HUMAN CHILD UNPROVOKED.

Either way, we fought tooth and nail, had several vet, trainers and Blue's CGC for backup and in the end the JRT was PTS.

Sad I know because it wasn't the dogs fault all in all...the owners were to blame..but our legal mess with them brought out the fact that this was not the first time this dog had attacked and harmed a child and so the end was he was PTS :(

For that reason I don't take my dogs to dog parks. I will take the Danes to "Dane meetups" that several of us dane fanactics have each year, but I won't take him to interact with other dogs due to the same big dog vs. lil dog thing. We had an inncident with a poodle cross that was very aggressive with Brutus when he was about 6 months old...the snot kept attacking him and everyone thought it was "Cute" :evil: I asked repedily for the owners to control their dog and tried to get Brutus out of there...on the way out the poodle mix grabbed Brutus big ol lip and actually drew blood and made a nasty gash....Brutus then retaliated and swatted the mutt very hard and let out a loud yelp, growl and EVERYONE out there looked at us like we were the ones in the wrong!! :evil: :evil: :evil:

I can not explain to you how angry that sort of thing makes me....I take time to train and socialize my dogs, I love to go out have have fun with them at parks....but because the scum idiots who have these evil lil' dogs think their bad behavior is "cute" MY dog suffers for it.....how fair is that????

Anywho....got me on a rant...lol

I do hope justice is served for this dog...it's not his fault he is the breed he is, and he did NOTHING wrong....but sadly he's getting bad press for it.

I hope y'all don't mind but I cross posted the link on a few other boards and had several people send emaisl to the judge...I hope she doesn't have the poor baby PTS..

11-13-2007, 06:28 AM

Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 5:20 PM
Subject: URGENT!!!! Congo Lost in Court - PLS CALL NJ GOV CORZINE TO OVERRIDE !!

CONGO THE GSD lost his court case today. Judge upheld the death sentence.

New Jersey Gov.Corzine

Gov.’s office is taking a numerical tally on how many people call - please call him
Office of the Governor PO Box 001 Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-6000
email by going to his site: http://www.nj.gov/governor/govmail.html
(Choose “Law & Public Safety” on Drop-down list and on the next page, choose “Pardons & Clemency”)

NY and PA residents also especially helpful… but EVERY CALL FROM ANYWHERE COUNTS!!

Please, get the word out and do whatever you can!!


11-13-2007, 04:26 PM
This makes me sick. When did we start punishing the innocent and rewarding the guilty? I can't believe people can be so blind and stupid.

11-13-2007, 09:20 PM
I wrote an e-mail to the governor. I don't know how much impact it will have, but I hope he (not his assistant) actually reads what people have to say about this.

11-14-2007, 05:34 PM
I sent an email when the post was new.

11-14-2007, 05:36 PM
This makes me sick. When did we start punishing the innocent and rewarding the guilty? I can't believe people can be so blind and stupid.

We have been repeatedly amazed at what people will do on our property, so we put a lock on the gate...so now, sometimes they just jump the fence.
Some people are so pathetic with their tiny little perspectives on the world around them...and critters like Congo pay the price.

Double Trouble
06-17-2008, 07:42 AM
Dose anyone know the eventual outcome of this case??

I'm gobsmacked at the stupidity of the Judge in this case, he must be scared of dogs himself, not to be able to see this case for what it is...*shakes head in disbelief*

06-17-2008, 11:47 AM
Don't quote me, but I believe the dogs were destroyed, I think.

Double Trouble
06-17-2008, 06:09 PM
Aww if thats the case it was a miscarriage of justice. :(

06-25-2008, 07:10 PM

Yes, they were euthanized, but just recently.

Congo, 3 other dogs, euthanized after attack

By DANIELA FLORES | Associated Press Writer
June 18, 2008

TRENTON, N.J. - Congo, a dog who sparked a debate on immigration after biting a Honduran landscaper, was euthanized Wednesday after attacking his owner's mother in Princeton Township.

Congo and three other German shepherds jumped on Constance Ladd on Tuesday afternoon, causing her to fall as she left Elizabeth James' house, according to Princeton Township police. The 75-year-old had puncture wounds and lacerations to her forearm, chest and head, police said, and she complained of pain in her hip.

Police said it was not clear which dog or dogs caused the bites, but David Henry, the local regional health officer, said it may have been all four.

James' husband, Guy, notified police the dogs had been euthanized Wednesday morning.

"It was a tragic end to a tragic situation," Henry said, adding that it was the family's decision to have Congo, Lucia, Hunter and Bear euthanized.

A call to the listing for the James family rang unanswered Wednesday, but Guy James told The Times of Trenton the incident "wasn't an attack at all. It was dogs jumping."

"I don't want people who were supportive of Congo (after last year's landscaper mauling) to think they were supporting a bad dog," Guy James told The Times, which first reported that Congo had been euthanized.

Guy James said his mother-in-law forgot the dogs were there when she went outside.

"They wanted to come into the house, heard the door knob open and they jumped up," he said.

According to The Times, Guy James said he thought the local animal control officer, Mark Johnson, would push to have the dogs euthanized, and that's the only reason he put them down.

It was more than a year ago that Congo was ordered euthanized after mauling gardener Giovanni Rivera at the James' home last June.

In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Guy James contended that Rivera and other gardeners arrived early while the dogs were eating, and disregarded his calls for them to stay in their vehicle. He said Congo attacked Rivera after the panicked gardener grabbed his wife from behind and pulled her down, causing her to scream.

Rivera's lawyer and the municipal prosecutor disputed that account: They said the gardener never pulled her down and that James' wife couldn't control the animal.

The gardener was in the hospital for five days after suffering "hundreds and hundreds of cuts," a prosecutor said.

A municipal court judge ruled the dog had to be put down.

The case sparked widespread protests from animal lovers and Gov. Jon S. Corzine's office received over 10,000 pleas on the dog's behalf.

The case also created heated debate about immigration issues in the state because the victim was an immigrant from Latin America.

Both sides agreed to a plea bargain in April that spared Congo's life. Under the deal, Elizabeth James pleaded guilty to a municipal ordinance barring residents from allowing their dog to threaten or bite others and agreed to pay $250 in fines.

The James family had already reached a settlement with Rivera that paid him $250,000.

Rivera's lawyer, Kevin S. Riechelson, said his client had no comment on Congo being euthanized.

10-26-2010, 01:39 PM
people are totally idiots

03-03-2011, 12:42 AM
I hope y'all don't mind but I cross posted the link on a few other boards and had several people send emaisl to the judge...I hope she doesn't have the poor baby PTS..