This week we reported on the story of 4-year-old, Mochi, a Zuchon-Shih Tzu-Bichon dog, that was attacked by an American bulldog Saturday, March 9, in the area of Mount Hebron Road and died from his injuries.

The bull dog had no prior history, so the town only required that he be kept under quarantine because he also bit one of Mochi’s owners. It was also suggested that he be muzzled when take out of the home.

In New Jersey a dog owner can be liable only under civil law, as long as the victim was on public property or was legally on private property when the incident happened. The injured person must prove that the owner had a duty to take reasonable care to control the dog’s behavior, that the owner failed to meet that duty, and that as a result of that failure, the dog caused harm to the injured person, according to the law.

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  1. A dog dying in the teeth of an aggressive,is a horrible thing to see and hear.We are talking about whole families suffering.One minute your dog is by your side,healthy,and the next minute he is dead or dying in pieces.Often the family member is also attacked when they try to help their little dog. It is very expensive to treat if he does live and families say they suffer PTSD for a very long time.Lets think about the victims here,and try everything we can to not make more. Your last 3 ideas on the poll are good ones and all should be tried. I think you have split the vote.People do want to make our neighborhoods safer.

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