Congo’s Law Needs Your Help Now!

To Everyone at Dogster: I am writting on behalf of Congo, the German Shepherd owned by Mr. Guy & Mrs Elizabeth James. We need your...


To Everyone at Dogster: I am writting on behalf of Congo, the German Shepherd owned by Mr. Guy & Mrs Elizabeth James. We need your URGENT SUPPORT…please read the following.

CONGO’S LAW ALERT!!!! We need to step it up folks!

Congo’s Law needs your help immediately..please we need your support of Congo’s Law. Especially from the Princeton Community & surrounding areas!!!!

Please CALL……. Rally via phone calls, in addition… write letters and email ..

New Jersey Legislature – Electronic Coorespondence to your State Representative

District 15
Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER – Democrat
District Office: 1440 Pennington Rd., 1st Floor, Ewing, NJ 08618

Assemblyman REED GUSCIORA – Democrat
District Office: 226 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608

Assemblywoman BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN – Democrat
District Office: 226 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608

PLEASE DOGSTER COMMUNITY…Email our NJ Legislatures. Need more info, email Mr. James (Congo’s Owner) at

Thanks to The Princeton Packet for this article.

Congo’s Law opponents lead in calls to local Assemblyman
Friday, December 14, 2007
By Nick Norlen, Staff Writer

Though Congos owners have said thousands are contacting the governor to support the dog and the bill that bears his name, one local Assemblyman said the majority of the feedback directed to his office has been from those opposed to the bill.

According to the office of state Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton), approximately 60 percent of the correspondences he has received oppose the bill and the bulk of those are coming from Princeton.

The calls and e-mails in support of the bill have come from all over the state, according to Assemblyman Guscioras legislative aide, Michael DeLoreto, who said the office has received approximately 60 comments on the bill.

A state Assembly vote on the so-called Congos Law” named for the German shepherd ordered to be euthanized after it attacked a landscaper in Princeton Township in June has not yet been scheduled.

In a telephone interview Tuesday during which he said he received at least five more e-mails about the bill Assemblyman Gusciora said peoples views on the proposed law are all over the map.”

Its supporters are animal welfare people who e-mail that Congo should be saved,” he said.

Opponents, on the other hand, have questioned whether the legislature could be spending its time on what they see as more important issues, such as property taxes.

Others have said the law should not include a beyond a reasonable doubt standard,” he said, noting that he has the same reservations.

“Particularly when you cant get testimony from a dog, it would be very difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt what the dogs intentions were,” he said, noting that he has concerns about the potential difficulty of euthanizing dogs raised to be vicious.

Despite the approximately 30 amendments made during the committee session on the bill, Assemblyman Gusciora said he wont support the bill as it is currently written.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union), was successfully approved for a floor vote by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee last week.

Assemblyman Cohen introduced the bill to amend the current state statutes that govern consequences and requirements for dogs labeled as vicious” and potentially dangerous” after he heard about Congos case.

That ruling is currently being appealed to the Superior Court by the James family.

If passed, the legislation could have the same result it would apply to current and pending cases and retroactively to dogs facing euthanasia by court orders back to Jan. 1.

Among other changes, the bill provides an alternative for the euthanizing of dogs declared vicious” by allowing their owners to comply with the same precautions mandated for keeping a potentially dangerous” dog, which include posting signs and restricting the dogs contact with people and other animals.

In addition, the bill would hold prosecutors to stricter standards for proving that dogs were not provoked during attacks.

Provocation will be among the primary issues raised during the appeal, according to the James familys attorney, Robert Lytle.

It has also been a source of debate among those who have joined the widespread discussion of the case since the ruling.

In an e-mail response to a constituent requesting her support for Congos Law which was later forwarded to The Packet state Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence) noted that she has been informed that this was an unprovoked attack.”

That claim, she said, has been substantiated by Princetons animal control officer and the police report from the incident.

However, Sen. Turner did not mention in the e-mail whether she will support the bill if it in fact reaches the Senate.

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