On Aug. 2 at around 6 p.m., a resident of the Riverwoods section of New Hope was walking the family dog near Riverwoods and Deer Path drives when, according to police, the animal was attacked and killed by two larger dogs that had escaped from a neighbor’s home.
The smaller dog, said by one neighbor to be a Bijon-type, never stood a chance, according to a police description of the incident. The first of the attacking pit bulls killed the smaller animal so rapidly and violently that the second attacker couldn’t “get in on the kill.”
Both attacking dogs left the scene, but were apprehended a short time later by police, and transported to the Bucks County SPCA. Officer Ken Kozuhowski filed charges on Aug. 4 with Judge Maggie Snow pertaining to Pennsylvania statutes on the confinement and control of dogs, and on the summary offense of harboring a dangerous dog, according to court records.
“The P.A. Dog Warden was contacted due to the ‘dangerous dog’ charges. Both attacking dogs were euthanized as a result of their actions,” say New Hope police.
Their owner, Jane S. Tracy, 66, provides physical therapy services from her Riverwoods Drive home, according to public records. She received four citations in all; two for each dog. Next step in the legal process is the entering of the defendant’s plea. Defendants are presumed not guilty unless proven guilty in a Court of Law or until such rights are waived by the accused.