Woman asks why terrier that attacked her is allowed to stay until mid-October
In a bit of a delayed reaction, the Fredonia Village Board was asked last week to reconsider a decision to extend the time a dog owner has to remove his pet from the community after twice biting a neighbor.
Following the recommendation of Village Marshal Mike Davel, the board agreed last month to give David Czarnecki until the middle of October to remove his terrier from the village.
By village ordinance, the owner of a dog that has bitten someone on two occasions has 14 days to remove their pet or face an order to have the animal euthanized.
According to Davel, Czarnecki’s dog committed just such a second offense on July 9, when it bit a woman who tried to intervene when her dog was being attacked by Czarnecki’s.
After learning that Czarnecki intended to move from the village by the end of September, trustees extended the enforcement order to allow him to move with his dog.
The victim of that biting, Victoria White, attended last week’s board meeting asking for a reconsideration of that ruling.
White said she has been attacked by Czarnecki’s dog on two occasions — suffering bites to the leg and hand, although only one incident was reported to the marshal’s office.
The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department was called following one incident, but Davel explained that the county does not get involved in the enforcement of municipal ordinances.
Following the second incident, Davel said Czarnecki was issued a citation for harboring a vicious dog.
“After being bitten twice, I can tell you it has been a nightmare,” White said. “I am concerned about my safety and the safety of my dog.”
Czarnecki and White live in the same apartment building, and she said “we can hear their dog barking and snarling” whenever we walk past their door.
“My understanding is the village ordinance says the dog must be removed from the community within 14 days of a second attack,” White said.
“I don’t want to see anybody’s dog put down, but allowing the dog to stay for another two and a half months is too much to take. What are we supposed to do until then, live in fear?”
White brought her trained service dog to the board meeting.
“When I saw my dog being attacked, I couldn’t just stand by. I had to do what I could to protect my dog,” she said.
Since the incident, Czarnecki said he has his dog muzzled whenever it is outside the apartment.
Davel said he explained to Czarnecki the liability he faces with his dog, but supported the board’s decision to allow the pet to remain in the village until fall.
With that assessment, trustees saw no reason to reverse their reprieve, but issued a strong warning to Czarnecki, who sat in the audience during the meeting.
“If there is another incident, the village will seize the dog and have it euthanized and Mr. Czarnecki will face litigation,” Village President Chuck Lapicola said.