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Dogs Are 'Being Murdered' in Pound, Owner Says

Susan Kolb says her dog being held at the township pound isn't getting proper care and should be sent home.

Less than two weeks after losing Jumba, one of the two dogs seized by Jefferson Township, to lymphoma, owner Susan Kolb says the surviving dog's life is at risk in the pound.

In a report by NJ.com, Kolb says Imani, the second of the two African Boerbels seized after the owners allegedly violated a court order, has parasites and is suffering from symptoms associated with low thyroid production.

Kolb said Imani, being held at the township pound, isn't getting proper care and should be sent home under house arrest until a criminal complaint against her and her husband, Gary, is settled.

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."

The dogs allegedly attacked three people, sending them to the hospital, in 2008 and 2009 in Jersey City.

Nancy January 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
These people need to just go away. Take a look in the mirror to see whose actions caused this situation.
Jack January 28, 2013 at 09:35 PM
All they had to do was obey the state order and walk the dogs with muzzels. But no; Susan Kolb knew better and now one of her dogs has died alone in a pound and has run up a fortune in costs while the other spends it life in a pound. Real smart people here.
Johnny January 29, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I feel safer in my community thanks to Jefferson Township, barking is also against the ligel code her and needs to be addressed, I have been bitten buy some of these so called harmless animals more then I pland to let happen again. We all have the right to be free from assault and harassment from neighbors and THEIR choice of animals to live with... Keep the wild animals in the zoo and OUT of the community!!!
RAIN January 29, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Hey, maybe if they had paid ALL of the money they owed for housing the dogs instead of just a "first payment", the facility housing the dogs would not have had to close for financial reasons & the dogs would still be living in the larger facility.... Or maybe they could have followed through on the sale of their dogs when they were supposed to do that a long time ago instead of backing out of the sale.... Oh wait, maybe if they had followed the court order & walked the dogs with the muzzles on at all times, none of this would have happened! Hmmm...
Given January 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I heard they were walking the dogs with muzzles in the middle of the night when one of the dogs dislodged the muzzle...how is that a crime...you people should get a life...I'd hate to live in the dump of a town...especially if I had dogs.

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