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Don't Kill Our Dogs, We'll Move—Again, Couple Says

Susan and Gary Kolb willing to relocate from Oak Ridge home to be reunited with animals, save them from possibly being euthanized.

A Jefferson couple whose two 100-pound African Boerboels have been deemed "potentially dangerous" said they are ready to move for a second time if it means getting the dogs back and saving them from possibly being euthanized.

Susan and Gary Kolb said because of "tremendous hostility" by "certain individuals in the Township of Jefferson," they asked their attorney to propose them moving "to an agreed upon location if the Township drops their complaint and returns the dogs," the couple said in an email sent Friday night to several local media organizations.

The Oak Ridge couple had been given until last Thursday to decide if they would forfeit the dogs to the township or risk the animals being put down. However, their appearance in Jefferson Municipal Court was postponed until Oct. 25.

The Kolbs signed an agreement to sell the dogs to a buyer in Los Angeles after three alleged incidents near their previous home in Jersey City, but then refused to give up the dogs and were held in contempt of court in 2010, according to the Daily Record.

In October 2011, the Kolbs agreed to move the dogs to their current residence in Oak Ridge. State law required specific fencing, an enclosure and signage be erected at the home, and the dogs could only be out in public if muzzled and secured on 3-foot leashes.

According to Jefferson Police, the Kolbs were cited in October 2011 for walking the dogs without a muzzle near their Summer Walk Circle home.

The couple claims they are "innocent of all charges and that this is a misunderstanding."

The Kolbs also owe the town approximately $10,000 for housing the dogs since last October, according to municipal officials. The dogs, Jumba and Imani, spent part of the last year at the Jefferson Pound and currently reside at Woofs N Whiskers in Andover.

Susan Kolb has disagreed with the amount they owe because the family brings the dogs food each day. However, Jefferson Mayor Russell Felter said the charge is for the facility's daily boarding fee.

Safety concerns have been raised after the dogs allegedly knocked over a woman and her grandchild in 2008 and allegedly bit two people, including one man in the groin, in 2009. However, Susan Kolb said her dogs were not at fault in any of those Hudson County incidents.

Kolb also trusts the dogs with her .

"It’s a proven fact how much animals can help autistic people,” Kolb said. “Arthur isn’t really capable of holding long conversations, but he can have a friendship with an animal. He isn’t able to have that with his peers."

The Kolbs have established a website, savenjdogs.com, and have raised more than $4,000 since May 23 toward their goal of $20,000 for the "Jumba and Imani Defense Fund."

Susan Kolb said her family doesn't understand why they have been "put in the Biblical position of giving up custody of the dogs or having the dogs killed."

Chris Johnson October 15, 2012 at 05:26 AM
There is hostility, Susan and Gary, because you have disobeyed TWO DIFFERENT court orders and think you are above the law. Total disregard for the safety of others also is bound to make your neighbors pretty unhappy as well. This "all about me" attitude was bound to bite you (much like your dogs are capable of doing) in the you-know-where sooner or later. It's like you think it is your world and we're just a part of it. Doesn't work that way and there is no way your dogs aren't dangerous.
mayfairwitch1 October 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Jefferson Township please do NOT do what Jersey City did and let this problem become a problem for another town, nip it in the bud here and now. This breed of dog belongs in the home of someone well versed & knowledagle of breed. I certainly feel for the dogs because they are being punished due to owners irresponsibility. They are quite charming when not being lazy, and will not hesitate to defend their loved ones to the death. This dog is possibly the most protective mastiff breed and, unlike many other mastiff breeds, is more likely to attack rather than attempt to intimidate an intruder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boerboel
Elisa DeYoung October 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I hate to comment, but I feel like I should say something. First of all, it sounds like the dogs knocked someone down in Jersey City, well the dogs are HUGE! They may not be well trained to not jump. Sounds like their neighborhood isn't exactly a large dog kind of property. They should have their property, or a yard fenced in to accomodate their dogs or move. I am an animal person... so I would NEVER give up my animals and find an agreement to work out the problem. The alleged bites aren't facts of the dog attacks. Dogs are family members. Do they put down criminals for their wrong doings? Find a way to work this out!
mayfairwitch1 October 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM
UGH..too early that should say " knowledgeable"~~~~
Jesi October 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM
How many times is this family going to relocate because they can't live up to the agreement they plead to? Every time they have a problem they move? It would be ridiculous if the courts allowed that option again. If you read "Our Story" on their website it is clear that they do not take responsibility for the dogs or knowing how to care for them. The just complain how much it has cost them and ask for money. They state the dog took off the muzzle and they they didn’t know which type of muzzle was better because no one told them. Please if you really want to keep the pups you would have done the research to learn everything there was to know about how to follow the terms of the plea deal you signed. You should not have to be told how to do it you should ask the questions yourself. They also claim several times the animals did not hurt anyone, anyone ask the man that was bitten in the groin if he was hurt. If you read the latest blog post on the site not only is it creepy it also shows they are just looking for a way out that is best for them, everyone else is to blame they are faultless. The so called hostility of this town may be perceived by them because they are nuts.
mayfairwitch1 October 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Elisa..I have pets myself. The fact they knocked over a grandma holding her grandcild shows the owners do not kno how to control these dogs. Alleged bites???? Nothing alleged about it they bit a man in his groin. Had they complied with the original court order issued in Jersey City they would not be in this spot. And yes sadly once again dogs pay the price for having stupid owners
Karen Fitzeri October 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Susan and Gary, If you want a family dog, how about a lab or golden?!
lk1980 October 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
At this point it is not really about the behavior of the dogs. If the owners had complied with the agreements in their plea deal then none of this would be an issue. I am a dog lover and if I was in their position and was able to agree to a deal to keep my dogs, you better believe that I would make sure I was following the rules at all time so that I could keep my dogs. I agree with the other comments, they feel as thought they are above the law.
Bob October 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM
"We are accused of a crime which defies logic, or motivation." X - logic, court order says muzzle them, no muzzle, pretty logical. Motivation, to protect people from getting hurt. No I'm not pretending to know the details but to argue logic and motivation doesn't make sense. I wonder if their lawyer advised against the stories on their website. "It was dark, too dark for me to see to immediately replace the muzzle. And I was concerned that there were bears in the area." You either intended to put the muzzle back on because it was dark or you didn't intend to because of the bears. You can't argue both sides of the coin on this one. "when I was confronted by a policeman in an unmarked car that was parked in an unlit, wooded area at 6 am" Unmarked cars don't typically hang out in unlit wooded areas unless they are running radar or they had a complaint and are trying to catch someone doing the thing that was being complained about. Who is Baldwin? Blog post reply to neighbor "Posted by Susan Kolb on October 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0) Dear Neighbor Thanks so much for your message. We want our neighbors to ask questions. First of all - it wasn't garbage day. But in their story they say: "Again, this was at 5:30 in the morning on garbage collection day" The prosecutor can have a field day w/ them based on their own website. They are either not getting quality legal advise ro choosing to ignore it.
Bob October 16, 2012 at 01:02 AM
It's a shame really. Looking at the videos, they seem like loving creatures that just need a bit more training. Ive hada dog that is either Matiff or has a lot of Mastiff in it. They are absolute mushes, but when you can't keep your story straight on your own website, it's not doing the animals any favors in court for sure and makes everyone suspicious. :(

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