Tuesday, September 10, 2013


PATCH reports:

The Maplewood Board of Health, made up of the members of the Township Committee, decided not to pursue an ordinance giving the department authority to order muzzles on aggressive dogs.
During a Board meeting on Sept. 3, the Board decided to drop the ordinance.

Health Officer Robert Roe (whose department is in charge of animal control in Maplewood) previously explained that Maplewood has situations from time to time where dogs are aggressive towards others dogs or people. The state has laws on the books under Title IV against “potentially dangerous” and “vicious” dogs, but the process of classifying a dog as such is not unlike a criminal trial, according to Roe, in which the burden of proof is on the township.

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