Friday, April 19, 2013
After sending off her remaining pet to a facility in Utah, judge dismisses charge against Susan Kolb.
The long-standing contempt indictment being held against Susan Kolb has been dismissed, according to a report in nj.com. Kolb, the former owner of two African Boerbel dogs deemed potentially dangerous by a judge, was held in contempt after police found one of the dogs walking in public without a muzzle in 2011, despite a court order. Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz dropped the charge against Kolb, now that the remaining pet was shipped off to Utah to be housed in a shelter specializing in the care of that specific breed of dog. That dog, Imani, was sent to Utah on April 6. The other pet, Jumba, died of cancer in January. Jefferson Township Prosecutor James LaSala said the family still owes the town some $10,000 and expects the two …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Gary and Susan Kolb will say final goodbye to remaining African Boerboel.
A long-fought battle to retain custody of a family pet will officially end Saturday, when Gary and Susan Kolb send their remaining African Boerboel to a shelter in Utah. The Kolb family agreed in March to give up Imani, the remaining 100-lb. dog of the two they originally had. Jumba, the family’s other pet dog, died of cancer in a shelter in January. Imani will be crated and put on a plane Saturday and flown to a Utah facility where she will remain for the rest of her existence, according to nj.com. Gary and Susan Kolb were forced to give up their dogs after Jefferson Police found one of them without a muzzle on an early morning walk, despite a court order to always be bound when in public. Jumba and Imani have been in a shelter since Oct…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Jefferson residents Susan and Gary Kolb's dog Imani would be moved to a facility out of state, per agreement with officials.
The legal battle may be over, but for the Kolb family, the mourning process is just beginning. After a protracted court struggle to win back custody of their pets, Susan and Gary Kolb have agreed to let the animal go in exchange for keeping their dog out of harms way. "This is not the outcome we were hoping for," Susan Kolb said in an e-mail. "My husband is broken-hearted and so is my son." Susan and Gary Kolb agreed to forfeit their Boerboel named Imani as a way to resolve a criminal charge and civil forfeiture issues plaguing the Jefferson residents. Kolb agreed to transferring Imani to a Utah facility that specializes in handling Boerboels, and according to Kolb, if the transfer happens by April 10, the state is willing to halt …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Kolbs say they will appeal, with potential to not see pet pending verdict.
Judge William Bowkley ruled a stay pending appeal on Thursday evening in the case of the Kolbs and the couple's one remaining dog. "What you have here is a balancing of societal interest," Bowkley said. "We have a societal interest in recognizing the right of people to have animals as pets on the one hand has contrasted with, on the other hand, people to feel safe and secure on the streets. As a result of that, these regulations have been adopted in statutory form." Gary and Susan Kolb were originally indicted on contempt of court charges after police found them walking their African Boerbel pet dogs unmuzzled, per court order, on Oct. 18, 2011. A state Superior Court Judge dismissed the charge against Gary Kolbrecently. The stay is good …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Jefferson residents Susan and Gary Kolb continue trial over impounded dog, Imani.
After 16 months, the Kolb family might have resolution in their quest to be reunited with their impounded dog Imani this Thursday. The family is set to appear in court on March 14 and the final fate of their pet is expected to be decided. The Kolb's saga began back in 2008 when dogs Imani and Jumba were accused of knocking over a woman and her grandchild and another complaint was made about the dogs having bitten two people in 2009. The end result was a court order for the Kolbs to muzzle their pets and keep them on a short leash while walking their dogs in public. In Oct. 2011, the Kolbs were walking their dogs down a residential Jefferson road around 5:45 a.m. when, according Gary Kolb, Jumba's muzzle became dislodged. Kolb said he …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Gary and Susan Kolb submit letter to the editor explaining their side of the story.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Kolbs react to testimony in ongoing case against them in Jefferson Municipal Court.
Saturday, February 23
To the editor: We followed every requirement of the consent order including the erection of the required fence, kennel and signage. We walked our dogs with muzzles, spranger collars and 12" leashes every day at 5:30 or earlier in the dark on empty streets in order not to scare or disturb neighbors who may have followed the negative, biased stories written in the Jersey Journal. As an added precaution, the Kolbs took pictures every morning of the dogs wearing muzzles, leashes and collars before leaving on their walks. We would like to point out that the only testimony of seeing the dogs unmuzzled is from a questionable witness who seemed unable to remember any details on the day in question. We do not deny that we walked the dogs without …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Susan Kolb faces contempt charges for allegedly walking unmuzzled dogs despite court ruling.
A combative cross-examination that challenged Gary Kolb about walking his 100-pound dogs unmuzzled in addition to eyewitness testimony from a neighbor were the next turn in an ongoing dispute Thursday night in Jefferson Municipal Court. Gary Kolb and his wife, Susan, were originally indicted on contempt of court charges after police found them walking their African Boerbel pet dogs unmuzzled, per court order, on Oct. 18, 2011. Earlier this week, a state Superior Court Judge dismissed the charge against Gary Kolb. Gary and Susan Kolb have been battling since 2008 in various state courts to keep the two 100-pound dogs, Jumba, a male and Imani, a female, after the dogs allegedly knocked over a woman and her grandchild in 2008 and allegedly …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
State Superior Court dismisses charge against Gary Kolb in dog seizure case.
One of two criminal charges accusing the Kolb family of violating a court order has been dismissed by a state Superior Court judge, according to a report on dailyrecord.com. Gary and Susan Kolb, the owners of two large African Boerbel dogs, were indicted on a charge of a contempt of court order when they allegedly violated a ruling requiring them to muzzle the animals when out in public. Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple dismissed the indictment against Gary Kolb, but kept the order against Susan Kolb, the report said. If convicted of the fourth-degree crime, Susan Kolb could face up to 18 months in prison. One of the dogs, Jumba, died of lymphoma in a shelter in January. The ongoing trial in Jefferson Municipal Court was delayed earlier this …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Defense will cross examine Kolb family's neighbor on Feb. 21.
Gary and Susan Kolb will have to wait longer to find out if the state is taking away their pet dog, after their attorney said he did not know of a key witness testifying, nj.com reported. Jefferson Township seized both of the Kolb’s 100-pound African Boerbel dogs after the owners were indicted on a contempt charge for violating terms requiring both animals to be muzzled and leashed when out in public. Since the trial has begun, one of the pet dogs has died. The Kolb’s attorney, Robert Dunn, said he never heard of or was told that a neighbor, Steven Post, would be testifying in the case for the state, nj.com reported. Dunn’s adjournment request was met, and the attorney said he will cross examine Post on Feb. 21 in Jefferson Municipal Court…