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Oxford Will Put Down Two Dogs That Attacked, Killed Another

First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers says the owner has continued to be uncooperative.

First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers has submitted a news release stating that the two dogs which will be put down. She said the owner of the dogs has been uncooperative with town officials and has not tried to reach a restraing order/consent agreement with the town. Therefore, the decision was made to put down the two Newfoundlands.

Here is the full news release from Drayton-Rogers:

Every attempt has been made to work with Vicki Tkacz’ Attorney and our legal counsel to resolve this matter since the attack and killing of a dog at Jackson’s Cove Park two weeks ago.

The owner of the four Newfoundland’s involved has continued to be uncooperative and earlier removed two of the dogs to an out-of-state location immediately following the attack.

On the final day of a 14 day quarantine for four of the other dogs, she once again left the state and did not sign a Restraint Order/Consent Agreement which had been worked out between the Town’s Attorney and her own hired Counsel.

The Restraint Order/Consent Agreement would have kept six of her dogs out of all parks in Oxford, penned, muzzled, identified and under control at all times and off the streets of Oxford.  State and local Animal Control offices had supplied input for the conditions of the Restraint Order.  Safety of town residents, their pets and users of Oxford’s trails and parks would have been protected from these animals in that way.  Due to the lack of Restraint Order/Consent Agreement, Oxford Animal Control issued Disposal Orders for the destruction of the two dogs in quarantine that were involved in the attack, as well as the out-of-state dogs.

“Unfortunately it has come to this because of the owner’s recklessness in handling her dogs and the uncooperative response she has had to the horrific action that took place against another animal at our park," Drayton-Rogers said. "Several complaints have been lodged against the owner in the past and more have surfaced since this unfortunate incident has been made public.  In the best interest and safety of all concerned, and after every attempt to work with the owner, the town is left with no alternative but to see that these animals are put down.”

Patrick Severson continues to undergo treatment for rabies at this time and suffered the loss of a family pet due to the actions of Tkacz’ dogs.  “I have viewed the video of the attack and that incident stays imbedded in my mind," Drayton-Rogers said.

Fonda Mydogs September 28, 2012 at 06:17 PM
What the Hell is this Patch Comments a bunch of I.M. Your community is evil! How can a local newspaper allow this?
martha September 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Something tells me Fondamy Dogs is Vicky...Can't believe they let that crazy woman have those horrible dogs back. I hope she can learn to keep them under control..
Crazy Dog Lady December 01, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Seriously, your dogs did nothing wrong. You just don't understand animal behavior and it was your fault that this happened. Simple as that. And, innocent dogs had to be killed. So tragic. So advice for all breeders, puppy millers, backyard breeders: keep your intact dog secured at all times. Better yet, stop breeding for profit.
suzanne perot February 04, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Small town politics and small town minds. The dogs are not responsible for their behaviour. The human is. So, punish the human, not the dog. The dog has NO idea why it is being held at a pound, or why it could die. You people are barbarians. ANY dog can be retrained. Ask Cesar Millan. If you don't know who he is, google him. Geez, I don't know....you Brits got a problem with dogs....paranoid bunch.
Beth Delmonte February 14, 2013 at 02:37 AM
I ended up on this page because I was inquiring about adopting a newfie puppy. I have always had goldens and have loved the breed so much. I have 2 children and after reading this really sad story about the dogs who attacked a man and killed another dog at first I became worried about owning a newfie if they have agression issues but after reading the response from the woman who owned the dogs I would venture to guess she was the reason for the dogs having problems and that is so sad. Just as children who are neglected and not loved, nurtured, socialized and taught about good and bad behavior through limit setting suffer with deep seeded problems that require therapy, so do dogs require this level of dedication and committment. I feel any dog even the most mild tempered of the bunch like goldens labs and even newfies can become agressive and angry when they do not recieve the love and affection and limit setting that we all require as human beings and animals. Very sad story.

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