Duvall said his children, ages 2 and 5, have been asking where Frankee is, and he told them he’s not coming back because he did something bad.
Pitbulls have a bad reputation, he said, but the dogs aren’t inherently violent or unfriendly.
“I’d ask people to get to know the dog or the owner before they start pointing fingers or throwing out accusations or different things,” Duvall said. “Everybody thinks I’m such a bad person because I own a pitbull.”
Last week, Duvall was issued six citations, all Town Law violations stemming from the incident.
They include dog running at large; failure to license a dog; failure to affix proper identification on a dog; and dog causing damage to personal property. Another citation holds Duvall liable for any costs incurred from the damages, Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko said.
There is a mandatory $25 minimum fine for each citation, and one carries a $50 fine, he said.
Duvall was acquitted of the citation of a dog harassing a person.
He said this was likely because Cioppa did not wish to testify in court.
THANK YOU MESSAGE
A message from Cioppa thanking “all who showed kindness during the loss of Jean Claude” appeared on the LED sign the town has in Little AuSable Park, Glushko said.
“She asked me if it would be all right if I could put something up,” he said. “She had a outpouring of sympathy that was unbelievable. She was very touched by that.”
“I’ve pretty much come to terms with the whole thing now,” Duvall said. “The first few days were pretty hard.”
“It’s a shame that it happened, and it greatly affected the owner of the dog who was killed,” Glushko said. “She’s still working on getting over it.”
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