Attorney Has Different Story About Dog Attack

An attorney who represents a woman arrested after her dogs attacked and killed another dog says the woman's dogs were provoked.

An attorney representing a woman after her dogs attacked and killed another dog at Jackson Cove Park says the dogs did not begin the altercation, according to the Republican-American.

Ralph Crozier, who represents Vickie Tkacz (pronounced Kach), 37, of 48 Jackson Cove Road, Oxford, says the black Labrador Retriever that was killed in the attacked last week leaned forward and growled when he heard or saw the Newfoundlands, the Rep-Am reports.

Crozier also says only two of the four Newfoundlands were involved in the attack and the other two were innocent yet were also taken from Tkacz, which Crozier says is unfair, according to the Rep-Am.

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Judi Falbo August 01, 2011 at 04:08 AM
I hope anyone effected by the terror that these dogs imposed will call the prosecutors office and submit statements. I also hope Ms. Tkacz is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as she has been willingly breeding an aggressive line of Newfoundlands. This breed has a reputation of being docile and "nanny-like", not aggressive. If Roxie's murder wasn't excrutiating enough, this woman has no problem with blaming a senior lab for being the aggressor. Repulsive.
Kathleen McGannon August 01, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Roxy did not growl at anyone or any dog. I have been around Roxy for the past 11 years, as she belonged to my sister's family. This is a dog that barely barked when the doorbell rang or a car pulled into the driveway. She would wiggle with delight, but was never, ever aggressive. My sister has 5 children and I have 6 and never were the children--toddlers and young children-- ever frightened by this dog nor did she ever growl, even with the commotion of so many children around her. She was gentle, sweet and eager to please at all times. She would have had no idea how to instigate any kind of altercation! You can say anything you want and repeat it as often as you want. It will not make it true.
Craig Zac August 01, 2011 at 07:25 PM
What the heck would you expect from a Lawyer? He's just another Ambulance chaser looking for a payday, the longer he can bull s**t this woman into believing he can "get her off" on the charges, the more he will make.. and obviously, he is trying to goad the Seversons into saying something publicly to try and use against them.. Message to pat and / or Andrew Severson, don't make anymore comments here on patch or anywhere else for that matter, no facebook, no news paper or TV news sites of forums or twitter.. this guy Crozier is trying to be a tricky pr**k!!! Don't let his gum flapping get you to say something he can u se against you.
Heather August 01, 2011 at 08:18 PM
You have got to be kidding me.....considering these dogs have attacked other dogs on multiple occassions with THE OWNER admitting that they are aggressive dogs and would of easily killed those other dogs as well I highly doubt that that lab caused the attack by provoking the Newfoundlands by growling. I cannot believe that she would stoop that low as to blame the lab.......I am more upset by this then anything else that I've heard. The truth of the matter is she has been cited multiple times for these dogs, they attacked other dogs on numerous occasions, and the big strong teenagers that were walking them obviously couldnt control them therefore putting any dog at risk in their path. Its their fault.....own up to the responsibility
Jo August 01, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Animal Control records are public information. An FOI request for any/all records pertaining to the above named owner, or records under her kennel name would include complaints, citations, summons, restrictions, etc., along with resolutions.
Madalene Taggart August 01, 2011 at 10:37 PM
One of the young girls who is a lifeguard at the cove has told me that she was standing there when the attack happened. She said the dogs were wagging their tails at each other one minute and the attack just happened in an instant without provocation. She was very upset over what she witnessed and said nothing to the affect that the Lab growled or made any threatening advances at the other dog. Even if the dog had growled the owner of the other dog should have been in control of their animal at all times. If a small child had been the victim of this attack it would have been catastrophic. Mr. Crozier I realize it is your job to defend your client but she may be better served by your silence in this forum. It would seem that everyone reading your comments are amazed that you are defending this vicious attack by the two dogs. Just my two cents.
JYD August 02, 2011 at 01:15 AM
The lawyer is paid to just plant a seed of doubt in the hope of mitigating the responsibility or having the Seversons share in it. But keep in mind... there were plenty of eyewitnesses, a video tape, and a history of similar behavior. Don't get suckered in with the attorney's public posturing, because that's probably the only thing they can do right now. One other note. I sincerely hope that Animal Control and the police were diligent in the recordkeeping of past complaints. Everybody coming out and complaining about vicious behavior now doesn't mean anything if they didn't take action at the time it happened.
Craig Zac August 02, 2011 at 12:55 PM
even if the lab growled and barked at them it wouldn't mean a thing, these are dogs, not people, if the Lab growled it was because she was trying to warn the others to "Back off" because she probably sensed they were looking for trouble, dogs have a way of posturing to let other dogs know whats going on. Its not like people when they start a fight and its a clear cut case of "you started it"... Now had Roxy run up to them and attacked, it would be different but anyone who has a dog aggressive dog knows that they cant take their dog up to another because the first thing they will do is sniff and wag and look happy and then "BAM" the attack is on. Having been around lots of dogs, strange doge (strangers to me) I have witnessed it first hand. And a wagging tail does not always mean I'm happy and friendly.. it can also mean I'm not pleased or I'm a bit nervous, just as a tail tucked between the legs does.
CMG August 03, 2011 at 05:27 PM
she doesn't have a vet that could have been called to find out if their shots are up to date? what an idiot this woman is. I pray they take whatever kind of license she has away from her. Just so sad that these dogs have to be put down because she is a morn. IF she is a breeder, any smart breeder should know you do not take pregnant dogs in public due to the protectiveness they start to assert becasue of the pregnancy. What a jerk....and her lawyer....i have heard he is a total bottom of the pond feeder......
Craig Zac August 03, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I know right? when I was with the shelter, when ever we took any animal off shelter grounds, we had to bring a copy of their medical recorde with us incase there was any trouble. Youd think that a liscensed breeder would have to keep the dogs records handy at all times... maybe not with her but at least at home or in the car..
Sue Martovich August 04, 2011 at 05:14 PM
A licensed breeder of good reputation would not allow this to happen, as it could destroy their business. Considering the attorney she used it furthers my sense of disrespect for the way she has handled the situation. If the dogs were or had shown any signs of aggression, they should not have been allowed in a public place, held by inexperienced teenagers, probably not on pinch collars etc etc. There is no other side to this story that will ever justify the death of this family pet, well loved and cared for. Severson Family, you have our sympathies as fellow pet owners. I firmly believe our pets have souls and one day you will be with your Roxy again. She is in good hands now.
Anna R. August 11, 2011 at 07:42 AM
This poor kid has to take shots, painful I'm told, because the stupid woman who left her dogs out to roam where they will, didn't care enough to spare him the pain! In my opinion, the liar, I mean lawyer is a joke! Because a dog leans forward doesn't mean he starts it...really? So if I leaned forward and stuck my tongue out at a fella does that give him the right to hit me? seriously? CFS...Can't fix stupid!
oxford resident August 17, 2011 at 04:00 AM
all four dogs were on leashes!!!
oxford resident August 17, 2011 at 04:02 AM
These dogs are her pets, there is no in-breeding, your ignorance leads me to believe you are heartless...be kind with your words! These are dogs are part of her family.
oxford resident August 17, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Sue, my son happened to be one of the teenagers...and is tramatized by the attack. These dogs are teddy bears and are part of her family. He has assisted in the dog walking (as have I) many times before. They have never shown any aggression. The females that attacked were pregnant, if you have children, you remember the hormonal imbalance while pregnant. Please refrain from your unnecessary cruel comments. They are heartless and unnecessary.
oxford resident August 17, 2011 at 04:08 AM
all four were on leashes!!!
martha September 20, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Laeyers will say anything when they are sleeping with their clients. These dogs get out constantly. It'as a matter of time before they kill a child! Why don't we ask how many of Ms Tkacz's cats have been torn apart by her dogs? The dogs have ripped apart cats in front of children, It's a disgrace! This woman should not be permitted to own ANY animals!!
martha September 20, 2011 at 01:35 PM
These dogs were strictly for breeding & were being sold for over $1000 each. I've been in the house & seen 20+ puppies at a time. I wonder if the IRS is aware of her extra income??? Perhaps Mr Cozier can let us know or perhaps the Town Of Oxford could find out. She has had up to near 15 adult dogs for breeding. Were they all registered with the town? Did she pay taxes for running a puppy mill? Pets? PLEASE! You don't keep pets penned up & breed them constantly & then let your 3 young sons walk the pack because you are to lazy. I've seen these dogs running up good hill road as a pack. Get it together lady & take your puppy mill somewhere else!
martha September 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Teddy Bear's don't rip apart cats & dogs! How many cats have they killed Ms Tkacz??? Will it take a child being mauled for you to realize the danger you are putting the people in this town in?
martha September 20, 2011 at 01:41 PM
If all 4 dogs were on leashes being walked by kids as young as , what? 10? I've seen them dragging Ms Tkacz around, so imagine these young boys being dragged & trying to control the, This woman thinks this is a joke. All of her animals should be taken from her & she should be prohibited from ever owning another animal.
kiddy corner December 09, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Martha, is there any way I can contact you? Obviously Oxford resident is Miss V T herself as her attorney wouldn't let her continue to be stupid and use her own name!
newfie owner November 02, 2012 at 07:19 AM
no you obvioulsy do not understand dogs and i pray you do not own one. Growling dogs are showing signs of aggressive behavior-not freedom of speech (which is contitutional right of people-not animals). Second I own one of Vicki's Newfies and she is not "inbreed" and far from aggressive. Unfortunatley due to her size often other dogs (of all breeds) find her intimidating and act very aggresive to her-my other two dogs (both english spaniels) come to her defense. While it may have been bad decision on teenagers decision to walk dogs Vicki has breed beautiful and gentle dogs.
newfie owner November 02, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Pam your contempt prior to any investigation leaves you ignorant. You know nothing other than Tkacz's newfies and no she is not "inbreed" and thankfully has two english springer spaniels that ward off other dogs that growl and try to attack her. Because of her size many dogs are intimidated by her and since you seem so knowledgeable about cannine behavior-when dogs feel fear they can become aggressive. My poor Newfie has been growled at and attacked but never responded in kind to other dogs-the spaniels (part of her pack) are different story. The only one that should be ashamed is you since you do not know facts and canine behavior. Your ignorance and attending statements only prove your stupidity
newfie owner November 02, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Obvious most posts are from "inbreed oxford residents" who know little or nothing
newfie owner November 02, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Craig dogs that growl are showing signs of aggrission. Not sure what shelter you worked at but having voluntered at ASPCA shelters myself growling dogs were placed into special programs to determine level of aggressive tendencies. Dogs do growl but other canines view this as agressive and what ensues is usually a dog fight.
martha November 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Bottom Line.....You put that many dogs together & they become a pack. It can happen with any breed of dog. Dogs were wild until they were domesticated. Caged dogs become unhappy. Living in the stench of a kennel is unhealthy. Children should Not be left with the responsibility of walking or caring for all of these dogs. They should have been walked by adults. Kiddy's Corner, I agree that oxfrod Resident & Likely newfie Owner are both Vicky. You can tell by the posts. She was greedy & selfish & irresponsible. She got off on the charges. I hope the family of Roxy takes her to the cleaners! They suffered a tragic loss. The poor kid had to not only watch his dog get torn apart, but then had to deal with his own injuries & rabies shots. He will be traumatized for the rest of his life remembering the incident. Those dogs have torn apart enough cats, people who knew them were afraid of a child coming next. I understand that the females were pregnant, or had pups. Even more reason to Not Have Children In Control.....If an Adult is getting dragged around, why would she send her children to get dragged around. Newfie Owner...I think Miss V is clearly the one who knows nothing or she never would have put her kids in that position. No need to insult Oxford residents for their concern. These dogs were on a beach with children. What if it had been a child attacked?
martha November 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
People are concerned. I know people who were there who will never go back to that beach again because of the tragedy they watched & the trauma caused to their kids. This was clearly a case of someone having to many dogs, and behaving irresponsibly. I live on the same street & I can't tell you how many times those dogs were running loose in my yard. I was in fear of my own dogs & cats getting killed.
Craig Zac November 02, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Newfi owner, Just because a dog growls does not ALLWAYS mean a fight is going to happen... Plain and simple, these dogs were on the attack! They (or at least one) was obviously "Dog" aggressive, the other just fell in behind its Alpha and joined in the attack. I have two dogs and 9 out of 10 times when one growls at the other for what ever reason, it does not turn into a dog fight. In fact, the biggest reason for a growling dog to actually fight with another dog would be for "Alpha" status in a pack situation or to protect what is his / hers. To state that you worked at the ASPCA then come out with such a "Blanket" statement makes one wonder just what the ASPCA is really doing. The main reasons for one dog to Growl and bark at another: Status fear protecting its property warning to stay away. The scary thing, the thing that needs to really be addressed is that there was no warning from these Newfis that they were on the attack, well, not one humans who dont understand would have seen, they didnt growl, there was no warning it was just on.... Typical Canine aggression. Maybe the lab would have seen it coming and if she barked or growled, that would be why. Besides, According to eye witnesses and the video tape from the security cam, the Newfs just flat out attacked the lab. The lab supposedly didnt bark or growl them into a confrontation.. maybe she did when she saw them coming at her like Cujo, but that would be expected.
newfie owner November 03, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Bottom line the what if factor has to go. Newfies will not attack childen. And no I am not Vicki - I do own one of her dogs,however, as do twenty or so people I am in contact with on FB and net. Not one of us has ever had any aggression issues with our Newfies from Vicki- just the opposite. Yes Vicki's children should never have been walking pregnant dame off grounds and to make matters more detrimental three males.It was my understanding her children took dogs for walk without her conscent, however,that does not excuse this incident. But obviously martha you have your own agenda and vendetta for what ever reason.The fact remains that all the people I know that own Vicki's Newfies have never ever had any issues with their dogs attacking anyone-especially children. Infact my Newfie runs away from chipmunks that seem to enjoy chasing her around the yard. While my yard has 2 inch farm fench five feet high the neighbors cats have not been attacked or chased by my newfie-the cats did try to attack my newfie but she ran away-my spaniels on the other hand have chased off many of neighbors cats from my yard(thankfully the cats are faster)I trust my Newfie(from Vicki) implicitly with children -where as I must keep eye on my spaniels with children.My Newfie is very protective of all children she meets-often postioning herself in between children and other dogs. I can only pray that you get over your resentments and move on with your life- find another cause more worthy of your concern
Crazy Dog Lady December 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
So, four large newfie dogs in public. Or, any breed of dogs for that matter. Knowing that they belong to a breeder, weren't they all un-neutered dogs? That was an accident waiting to happen wasn't it? A child could have been killed. Neuter your dogs, train them and stop breeding for profit.


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