Neighbor’s dog attacks Franklin Township woman

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Residents of a Somerset County community say that they are scared and outraged after a neighbor was seriously injured in an attack by a neighbor’s dog.

Elizabeth Romanaux, of Franklin Township, was left with broken bones, bruises, gashes, stitches and half an ear after she was attacked last week by her next-door neighbor’s Argentinian Dogo, a type of mastiff.

“I believe the dog almost killed me and it would have killed a child,” Romanaux says. “We’re all very upset about this. Better me than someone else, but still, this has got to stop.”

The dog gouged her scalp and ripped off part of her ear.  Romanaux and her neighbors say that what they are most upset about is how the township is handling the situation.

“We don't feel the township is taking seriously enough the fact that they need to seize the dog until a judge makes a decision about it,” Romanaux says.

Romanaux and her neighbors say that the mastiff attacked another neighbor last year. The dog was sent back to a breeder for training and allowed to come back home.

The dog lives across from a school yard. The neighbors say that they do not want it to come back to the neighborhood.

“Most of the neighborhood is in agreement that the dog should be put down,” says neighbor Kelly Probst. “We just don’t want it shipped off to somebody else’s neighborhood to potentially kill.”

Franklin Township police tell News 12 New Jersey that animal control is investigating the attack. The owners were issued summonses for owning two unlicensed dogs.

The dog will be kept in quarantine at a kennel for 10 days. Then there will be a hearing to determine whether the dog is considered to be dangerous and what should happen to it next.

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