PERU — A judge declared a pit-bull mix legally dangerous after it killed a poodle last week.
“The breed gets a terrible name, but it’s the owners not being responsible with their dogs that causes the problems,” said Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko.
“It’s a responsibility because they (pit-bulls) do have the capability of doing a lot of damage.”
On April 16, Jim Duval’s dog attacked and killed Terri Cioppa’s 7-pound poodle, Jean Claude, according to witnesses.
She was walking her dog on its leash on Elm Street near Peru Community Church Fellowship Hall when the other canine lunged after it. The larger dog had been running loose, and Sarah Davis, who saw it as she dropped her son, Cooper, off at Peru Nursery School that morning, had caught it.
While awaiting the dog control officer, she had used a jump rope as a temporary leash.
Duval, a resident of Conwell Mobile Home Park in Peru, appeared in Peru Town Court before Town Justice James Kirby last Friday. The ruling on Monday deemed the dog dangerous.
When a court makes that designation, the animal must be implanted with a microchip that would identify it as dangerous, and it must be neutered or spayed, Glushko said.
The dog had already been neutered, he said.
Kirby also required that Duval’s pit-bull mix be restrained on a leash and supervised by an adult 21 years or older whenever it is on public premises, in accordance with New York State’s Agriculture and Market Law.
“The judge had several options,” Glushko said.
A judge could have required that the dog be evaluated by a certified behaviorist, securely confined for a period of time determined by the court, muzzled when it is in public, and/or that the owner pay for a liability insurance policy in an amount determined by the court.