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April 18, 2013

Poodle killed by larger dog



Davis and another woman greeted Cioppa as she walked past them with Jean Claude, a kind of small poodle, on a leash. The stray didn’t seem to notice them, Davis said, but then abruptly lunged and yanked the jump rope free.

Davis and her friend ran after it, and kicked and kicked it, but it was too late. A man rushed Jean Claude to a veterinarian, and Davis tied the bigger dog up again.

It showed no aggression at all, she said, though it was limping.

She thought it had been injured by their barrage of kicks.

Deputy Dog Control Officer Mark Hrycyk picked it up soon afterwards.


Wednesday, Davis gave a statement for the court proceedings.

Allen didn’t yet know when the owner would appear in Town Court. The case is not a criminal or civil one, she said — Ag and Markets dictates what happens when a dog is deemed dangerous.

“If there’s any injury to a person or an animal, the owner can be ordered to pay medical bills (and other costs),” she noted.

And should the town justice agree to confinement rather than euthanization, there are specific regulations that dictate just how that would happen.

Should the ruling go against the dog, the owner would have 30 days to appeal, Allen said.

“The dangerous-dog law has changed within the last year,” she said, saying she and other officials had put in many hours preparing the case. “We have to make sure we do everything right.”


A relative who answered Cioppa’s phone on Wednesday said she is grief-stricken over Jean Claude’s death.

“I just can’t imagine,” said Davis, thinking about the woman’s loss.

“I’m sad for everybody,” she added. “It’s just sad because (the loose dog) shouldn’t have been out there.”

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