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.

Susan August 17, 2011 at 02:23 PM
There were about 50 dogs and only 1 had to be euthanized. I have read everything and anything about the dogs as I advocate for Pit Bulls. I have 2 myself, and foster this breed as well. As an owner I better dam well know about this most mistreated, misunderstood dog that everyone loves and hates. The court can order her to rehabilitate the dogs just as they did with Vick. I think that would be a good solution and if she doesn't well there is a jail cell with her name on it and most likely donations to help rehabilitate the dogs could be set up.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I would have to check around from my sources of rescues that may know of a good behaviorist. The town of Oxford shelter are fantastic people as I have had the pleasure of them helping me in a tough situation. Any donations are always needed at shelters or even rescues. At the present time I am not in the position to donate or I would be most happy to. I have donated lots of money previously to shelters and rescues unfortunately I am unemployed.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Karen, as I previously stated that I have followed Vick and his dogs closely. I even sponsored 4 of his dogs. In addition, I have 2 Pit Bulls myself and advocate for the dogs. I am not a animal behaviorist nor am I a trainer. I have opened my home and fostered Pit Bulls. My point is to get a behaviorist to evaluate the dogs to see if there is any chance in saving them. As for the owner the court should punish her pretty much the way Vick had too and that is (1) pay for the rehabilitation (2) surrendering all dogs (3) no dogs for 5-10 perhaps etc.
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Susan, I am not a pro, you are right, that is why I said I will help in getting these two rehabbed if they can be and iff the town agrees to it. And why I also said I will help in getting donations and securing food and items needed for them as well... While you are the one screaming the loudest about saving these dogs but state that you cannot help because you are out of work..well, that means you can help as you have the time to coordinate with trainers, fosters and that stuff....no? Also, not to get drawn in to another argument, your comment on a child doing drugs hardly relates to this topic at all... we have HUGE rehab centers all over the country for thise people, its called prisons.. they dont work. look at komisajesky, Imagine he and his bald little partner were the two Newfies and the Petit family was Roxy.. still want to rehab them? can they be saved?
Susan August 17, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Even if Vickie stated it was her “idea to chip the dogs” in which I have no idea why this is a factor and she also stated it wasn’t her idea not to walk them in the town park. Her kids were walking the dogs she is still legally responsible for this. If only 2 of the dogs were involved in the fight there shouldn’t be an issue with the other 2 dogs. They shouldn’t be quarantine. That is like taking two bystanders that witness a fight and throwing them in jail for watching. You just can’t put down 4 dogs when only 2 were involved. I fight that too if these were my dogs. Only the 2 dogs should be quarantine until the case is over as they are considered evidence. In all the articles that I have read no one seems to know if the leash were on Vicki’s dogs? But nevertheless, they broke loose from the teens. This is a freak accident but she has been warned about her dogs being a nuisance. Even if she is saying she isn’t paying for anything that doesn’t mean the court can’t order her to pay for the rehabilitation. It is a tragic dog fight and the Labrador didn’t stand a chance. This is why I protest in Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). You have to make the owners accountable for their actions. Tell me, if you had a dog that was involved in a fight and your dog wasn’t trained properly or at all whose fault is that? You put the dog down for your stupidity?
Pam August 17, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Personally, I live in this town and I use the town beach. I also have a small child who goes to that town beach with me. So, am I suppose to be on guard at all times while I am down there with my child that someone could bring those dogs down there and what then, I am suppose to be worried that if those children let them loose that me or my child could be hurt or killed? You know as well as I do that she will only say that it was a freak accident that they got off leash and did what they did. Sorry, but I think that these dogs should be put down. Whether anyone else agrees doesn't matter, it's what I think is appropriate. There have been too many incidents where these dogs were let to "run wild" and either hurt or scare other people. This argument has nothing to do with rehabing a dog or what is good for the dog owner or dogs themselves, but what is good for those of us who use the town beach. I'm ok with dogs on the beach or using the trails as most are friendly dogs or dogs that are well healed. These dogs are not and they proved that point, unfortunately.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Craig, Nothing wrong with screaming the loudest in saving the dog’s life and I would have loved to help if I was in the position to do so. However, it seems you would discriminate me for talking the loudest and not being able to help. The courts would only use those people that are certified dog trainers/behaviorists. As for fostering the dogs that’s a little hard when my house is on the market. I already have 2 dogs here. These dogs in question would need to be in a facility accessible to the trainer/behaviorists. Yes indeed we have a huge rehabilitation centers all over the country called jail. This is hardly the place for non-criminals that are just drug users to shove them in prison. Now if that drug user robbed someone then this would be the appropriate place or, an alcoholic that is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Can the alcoholic be saved? Perhaps, but he is entitled that chance of rehabilitation but still in jail or if he didn’t kill anyone.
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Sue, you can scream all you want but its not worth anything if its not being backed up...just sayin! Anyhow, there are things you could actually do if this is the way things went. you can make calls, align appointments, manage times.. Stuff like that. No one is discriminating against you for anything. Drug useres, as sad as it may be, are indeed criminals..just not on the same scale as other types.. Just remember, for every joint smoked or line snorted or hit shot into the veins here in the state, someone in some poor, third world nation got killed, or even someone in America died for it.. wether it be a politician or police man fighting the war on drugs or a gang banger fighting for a corner to sell on or a dealer shot during a mugging or robbery by someone trying to steal his drugs or $$ or an innocent child caught in the crossfire between drug gang wars.
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 05:19 PM
you are right Pam, but i think one of the conditions would have to be that the dogs must leave town..and that they would be taken from thier previous owner. Yes, sending themback home on a promis of rehab wouldnt work.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Well I guess I am guilty, guilty, guilty for taking medication, and so is every other person in this world that is taking medication even if it is legal or not. We are all criminals and that includes you too if you have ever taken any drugs. Oh but we are not on the same level as the other criminals right? Tell me, you have a child that is on drugs do you think he should be in jail or in rehabilitation? Be careful in what you say because you said drug users are criminal on a different level, and your idea of rehabilitation is in prison.
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 07:39 PM
taking medicine and doing drugs are two different things. you cant say taking prescribed meds, ordered by a DR, prescribed to you by a doctor, legally, is the same as stealing your moms vicodin or your friends kids ADHAD meds or buying i drugs on the street or getting a prescript from a dr who is giving it to you for a fee, under the desk so to speak, when you dont need them for any reason than being addicted to them. OR buying over the counter meds for fever, cold, cough, or pain relief... and as for kids, nope.. if i had a kid who got cought doing drugs, sure I wouldnt want them going to jail but hey, the law is the law, if they went, theres nothing I could do about it but kick myself in the butt for not raising them right.
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 07:42 PM
..also, I said drug users are criminals on a different level... than say, rapists, murderers, thugs, robbers... the violent types. But, they are criminals none the less.. if you break the law, no matter how stupid a law it is, and are convicted of the crime, guess what? youre a criminal. If drug useres didnt get arrested or do time, they wouldnt be criminals..
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 07:43 PM
.......... i have nothing against the light, occasional pot smoker, but it is illegal so they would be breaking the law, making them a crimnal.
Craig Zac August 17, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Hmmmm i got that feeling to. but, it is healthy and a great way to spend time.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Karen, why is it the dogs fault if Vicki didn’t properly or, didn’t train the dog? Do you think dogs are born to shut off their natural instincts? Dogs do not see us as humans but another species of animals that are the pack leader, and if you are not giving them direction what they can and cannot do they are going to control you because they see you as the weak one.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Pam, no you shouldn't feel threaten going to the beach because people like Vicki shouldn't have a dog that she isn't willing to train, and shouldn't be allowed to roam. We have leash laws for a reason.
Susan August 17, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Karen, I like to call this debating. I respect your opinion, and if I can persuade you or anyone else to be open minded, and see outside of the box then I will keep debating. In other words if I can teach you something, and you can teach me something then we both learned something new today. If you feel that I am weird by debating so be it. Some people just don’t want to see another side of things and that is okay.
Susan August 23, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I was not aware of any incident or the fact her husband passed away.
Craig Zac August 23, 2011 at 01:38 PM
I know, I know the whole story about THAT incident... thats why i wrote "Susan, the dogs killed another dog, not a person. The kids father passed away previously." Maybe I should have wrote "before" instead of previously... Sorry for the confusion.
karma August 23, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Yes and it was far worse than this unfortunately
Rachael R August 23, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Karma : Spare us the details, although I'm sure you'd love to share them.There are children you are hurting. If you truly believe in karma you'll have some hell to pay in the future.
Craig Zac August 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Yeh Rachael....not the place...
karma August 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM
kiddy corner December 09, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Probably moving in with her lawyer! Apparently he only earns $65,000 a year so probably needs some support to keep up the Mercedes, BMW, Escalade, Land in Southbury, house in Vermont, house in Woodbury, his drinking habit, pot habit and going out habits.
Fonda Mydogs September 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Wow. There are Witches in CT! Hissssssssss. Mind to your own because a house my drop on you as well.
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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