Deal spares life of dog sentenced to die for attack

A plea bargain will spare the life of a dog sentenced to die after mauling a gardener at a Princeton Township home.
Under the deal, dog owner Elizabeth James pleaded guilty to a municipal ordinance barring residents from allowing their dog to threaten or bite others and will pay $250 in fines.
More serious charges related to Congo, a German shepherd, have been dropped by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office as part of the deal.
The James family has already reached a settlement with the victim, Giovanni Rivera, that paid him $250,000.
Lawyers for the family and Rivera say they are satisfied with the outcome.
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