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Dog Dies As Owners' Legal Battle Continues

Jumba, one of the two dogs seized after their owners allegedly violated a court order, died of lymphoma on Wednesday.

One of the two African Boerbels seized by the town after the owners allegedly violated a court order died on Wednesday.

According to Susan Kolb, one of the dogs, Jumba, died of lymphoma Wednesday at 11 a.m. The dog had lost 40 pounds in one month, Kolb said.

The Oak Ridge couple is scheduled to appear in Morris County Superior Court on Feb. 7 on a motion to dismiss the charges against them, Susan Kolb said.

The dogs were seized in October 2011 after the Kolbs allegedly violated a state order by walking the dogs without muzzles. Muzzles were required to be worn by the dogs after the animals allegedly knocked over a woman holding a baby and bit two people in Jersey City, where the Kolbs lived, in 2008 and 2009.

The Kolbs soon thereafter moved to Jefferson and were required to follow state-mandated rules, including walking the dogs with muzzles at all times. The Kolbs are now each facing charges of contempt of court for allegedly walking the dogs, Imani and Jumba, wihout muzzles and could face up to 18 months in prison. 

In October, the Kolbs made a deal with Prosecutor James LaSala to postpone the forfeiture case and possible euthanasia of the animals if they paid the $12,000 it cost for Jefferson Township to house the dogs after they were seized. The forfeiture case was to be put on hold while the Kolbs settled their criminal matters.

The dogs were being held at a facility in Andover, but in December, after the couple made their first payment for the township housing the dogs previously, the facility closed for financial reasons.

More than 4,000 people have signed the online petition, "Send Jumba and Imani Home to Die."

mayfairwitch1 January 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Because of this very selfish arrogant woman this dog died in a facility somewhere. Had she just COMPLIED with the court order the dogs would have been home, if for some reason, arrogance?, she could not comply she should have worked to have them placed in a rescue and adopted out by people with more knowledge of the breed. Jersey City should have nipped this in the bud when all this first transpired, and now Jefferson has been dragging their feet..
Chris Johnson January 17, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Zero sympathy for this family. If they had sent the dogs out of state back in 2009 like they were supposed to, the dogs might still be alive today. They were given a second chance by moving out to Jefferson, and still disobeyed the court orders to keep them muzzled. You reap what you sow and now the karma is finally coming back to these people. Of course, they'll just buy another dog and disobey the law again.
JS January 17, 2013 at 06:10 PM
If I never see this picture again it'll be too soon
CJMP January 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I feel sorry for the dogs....
J Ant January 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I will start off by saying just remember the media only tells you what they feel you should hear. I will speak out regarding all of this Jumba is the dog that got in trouble in Jersey City not Imani, muzzle or no muzzle around when they were out that morning, we will go with what the media is saying no muzzle. So if that is the case, it would be in control of the owners so why were the dogs locked up in a kennel for over a year? Now Jumba passed away and Imani is still locked up WHY? Imani was never in trouble, she was just caught in the middle. I also think a perfectly healthy dog got deathly sick and died in a little over a month from cancer as they say it was cancer but I find that hard to believe, and if that is the case why was the township not on top of the dogs well being and having them checked by a vet they were in the custody of the township weren't they?
J Ant January 19, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Imani was sick for a while too and the township ignored that too after months a vet was approved to come check Imani at the owners expense. These dogs were good dogs under the circumstances, they listened to commands and they were fine around strangers out in the yard. But being locked up in a cell for over a year with having four walls to look at and one hour of free time a day would you go crazy too.. As for the owners I don't think many owners would do what these people have done the came everyday to play and feed there animals and to make them as comfortable as they could. I don't think many people would do that I think they would give up. I would like to also remind you that this hour of visitation was done at the time that it was good for the township. So by ten o'clock am wouldn't you be hungry? Just remember when you are reading these stories you don't get the whole truth you get the storie that the media is out there to get.
Chris Johnson January 21, 2013 at 05:21 AM
J Ant, How about the part that the dogs were supposed to have been given up and shipped out of New Jersey back in 2009, but the owners completely disobeyed that court order, and didn't pay the municipal fines either? And despite the dogs being discovered as being back in Jersey City (in defiance of the court order), the people served no prison time and were only ordered to do 100 hours of community service and move out of Jersey City? It's unfortunate that Imani died, and the conditions that the dogs lived under may not have been ideal, but these people can only blame themselves for what happened, I don't care how much they loved or cared for the dogs. If they truly cared about the dogs' well being, they would have obeyed the original court order that required the dogs to be shipped out of state.
Roseanne Marie S. January 21, 2013 at 09:06 PM
J Ant, I don't know what to believe anymore. But I will tell you this my heartaches for these dogs who could have had a chance if they would have been shipped to California when they were supposed to be. I have tried to follow this case as closely as possible from both sides due to my love of large dog breeds who are often discriminated against. With that said, before you call the Vatican to have these people canonized as Saints, which at one point I would have done myself, until I went on their own website and read their version of events. That woman has an answer for everything and it is always someone else's fault. The last straw was the story about the muzzle. After reading about this in the media I actually took the owners side and believed the muzzle slipped off and maybe the police didn't see that. But once again I read the owners detailed answer and I can tell you it is a lie. She thought that it was so early in the morning and still pitch black out that no one would see the dog without the muzzle. I sincerely hope for their sake that the police car didn't have a dash cam. As far as all they have done everyday like daily visits to make them comfortable and feeding their dogs, you are right no other loving owners would do that. A loving, caring dog owner would have never let it get to the point where their dogs are in jail. True love and comfort is a yard to run in which in their case would have been California. RIP beautiful Jumba....
Mark February 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I agree. Since when is it a crime to own a dog, Chris J???? I see dog loving, tree huggers all the time crying about dogs rights and you have zero sympathy. Why should anyone have to ship their dog out of state for any reason. Why not make parents ship their unruly, disobedient children away while you are at it. Any other things you presonally wish to enforce on us.
Chris Johnson February 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM
There was a court order requiring them to ship the dogs out of state back in 2009, when the dogs bit and harmed several people in Jersey City - they ignored it. It wasn't just "any reason."
dorothy April 06, 2013 at 02:51 PM
well said Roseanne .. I have a 30 lb mini pin/ Carolina dingo and I don't let him near small children or visitors to m home even he goes in he back yard or in a crate he's only 30lbs.. these dogs are 100 lbs each! if even one dog tackled and bit someone the town totally had every right to assume he worst not only because it occurred more than once but he negligence of the owners appears to be a pattern and one they most likely bestowed upon their obedience training, non compliance! . I'd err on the side of no human casualty. sorry humans first in this case, and I love my little maniac, but if he ever attacks someone, he is out.

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