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Trawinski Urges Borough to Release Dog Attack Photos

Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski would like photos from a dog attack on Jan. 3 that killed one dog and injured its owner posted on the borough's website.

Amid criticism of the borough council's decision to override a previous municipal court settlement and continue to hold two dogs believed to be responsible for a Jan. 3 attack on another dog and its owner, Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski asked council Tuesday to consider releasing photos from the attack.

"I cannot in good conscience let the people of Fair Lawn think that this council is acting somehow in a knee-jerk reaction, knowing what those photographs show," he said, urging council to discuss at its next public work session the possibility of posting the photographs on the borough's website.

"I think the people of Fair Lawn should be able to make an informed decision and judge for themselves."

Trawinski called an account of the attack provided on a Facebook page created in support of the dogs' release "totally wrong and factually fallacious," and urged release of the photos to counter any public sentiment that the attack was not, in fact, serious.

"The people of Fair Lawn need to understand what the risk is that we are evaluating in looking out for the interests of the people of Fair Lawn with respect to these two dogs that attacked, and didn’t just bite, but killed, in fact, I would say disemboweled a terrier and did severe damage to the terrier’s owner," he said.

According to a police report, both the dog and the dog's owner were bleeding when officers arrived on the scene. The owner was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center, and the dog was taken to Valley Brook Animal Hospital, where it died “as a result of the injuries,” according to Borough Manager Tom Metzler.

Hope Alexander, who, along with her mother, owns the dogs allegedly responsible for the attack, said she was told that no blood was seen on either of her dogs following the attack and maintains that they are friendly and do not pose a threat to the public.

"I feel very helpless," a post on the Facebook page she created in support of her dogs reads. "I am one person against an entire town set on proving a point at the expense of my mild mannered oblivious pets."

A municipal court hearing Wednesday will decide whether the Jan. 9 settlement, in which Health and Human Services director Carol Wagner agreed to conditionally release the dogs if Alexander install a padlock on her gates, and muzzle and keep the dogs on a short leash when walking them, will be upheld.

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hypos January 31, 2013 at 08:24 PM
i hope the family gets the dog back after it is cleared up in court and the borough can not be sued incase of future accident with these dogs. the thing the bothers me is the outrage against the borough for making sure it handles this issue property. fact is a lot of people know this family and have been around the dogs before, if some random persons dog attacked and killed cosgrove or wilson there would not be this kind of support. i actually think it would be the complete opposite, if cosgrove or wilson were attacked and killed and Hope was bitten i bet 400+ would demand the dog never be returned to the owner.
FLMOM January 31, 2013 at 08:40 PM
MBM, Do not instruct me on what to voice. While you obviously have your own option so do I. And as for MATH, you are obviously ignorant. While YOU might not have had a run in or more with the Shop Rite guy, and it appears that you can do basic math, your assessment on who is more dangerous is ignorant.
FLMOM January 31, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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Terry Brandes February 03, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I'm with you Chris, and also support Truinski! I am a responsible owner of 2 small dogs and, sadly, have had to resort to walking them with pepper spray in my pocket, at the ready. I would not hesitate to use it in a threating situation. There are just too many irresponsible pet owners around.
Dogman March 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Sounds like the town just wants to get into a lawsuit why would they listen to an idiot that knows nothing about dogs and has had issues in the past as far as the well being of animals can you say lawsuit well it's coming you idiot et

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