SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the early hours of May 27, South Plainfield Police were called to a residence for an animal complaint. Upon arrival, a female resident reported that two Rottweilers had gotten loose from a nearby business/industrial yard and allegedly killed her cat.
Animal Control was also called to the scene, the dogs' owner contacted and an employee of the business sent to picked up the dogs. According to the police report, both were registered and up-to-date on shot and the owner instructed to quarantine the animals for 10 days or until contacted by the Health Department. Additionally, the owner was issued two citations – vicious dog and regulation of dogs off premises – for each dog.
Det. Sgt. Garrett Cassio said residents who see a dog wandering around – whether vicious or not – should contact the South Plainfield Police Department. “We will go there and make the determination,” said Cassio, noting that if possible, residents should try to lure the dog into a confined space, such as a backyard. “You don't have to touch the dog; just try to lock them in until we get there.”
Non-vicious animals, said Cassio, will be taken to police headquarters. If the dog has no tags, it will be scanned for a microchip in hopes of locating its owner; the Plainfield Humane Society will come get those dogs whose owners cannot be identified. “If it’s just a dog wondering, we will scoop it up and keep at headquarters,” said Cassio.
Should a dog appear dangerous, Animal Control will be called to the scene. “Use your discretion. Call us and we will determine what to do and if we have to bring in the proper authorities,” Cassio said. “The bottom line is, if you’re scared and think a dog is vicious, you should always call the police.”
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