Animal Activists Campaigning To Help Boxer Owner

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Last December Tim Iocoangeli’s four boxers were euthanized in a situation that outraged many. Now Iocoangeli is continuing to suffer as the county is fining him $15000 that he can’t afford to pay and if he does not pay it by June 14th he will face jail time.

Last April Iocoangeli and his family were not at home when two teenagers opened his front door. One of their boxers bit one of the teenagers. The dogs were taken into custody by the county and the four adult boxers were ordered to be euthanized without any assessment by a certified dog behavior expert. Iocoangeli was remorseful that the girl got bit but angered that the fact that the teenagers were trespassing on his property was ignored. “I am horrified about this,” he said. “But the thing is they’re just looking at the bit thing and not around it. Trespassing. They were never allowed in that house.”

In December all four dogs were euthanized and the county didn’t give Iocoangeli and his family an opportunity to even say goodbye. On top of losing their four dogs the county charged Iocoangeli with four counts of keeping a dangerous dog on his property. The court fined him $15,000. Iocoangeli can’t afford to pay the fine. He was badly injured in a car accident and is unable to work because of his injuries.

Denise Carey-Costa wants to help Iocoangeli and has started a fundraising campaign for what she calls “A huge miscarriage of justice and example of bullying the weak.” Iocoangeli will remain on probation until he pays the fine and if he is unable to pay it by June 14th then he will face jail time. A fundraising page has been set up for Iocoangeli.

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  1. I totally agree with you, why were they not charged with trepassing. They were clearly in the wrong, not the dogs, because they were inside their home not bothering a soul.

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    • Because she didn’t trespass. She was there with the owner’s son who opened the doors and the dogs ran out.

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      • Alex the owners son was not there and his son was not the one who opened the door. His son’s friend opened the door to enter the home and his girlfriend is the one who got bite after running and screaming from the dogs.

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  2. I totally agree with you, why were they not charged with trespassing. They were clearly in the wrong, not the dogs, because they were inside their home not bothering a soul.

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  3. This is the craziest thing I have heard today! This family lost 4family members due to the lawbreaking stupidity of some teenagers! Where is their punishment? They should be fined!

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  4. The parents of the juvenile delinquent who trespassed should be paying the bill and the judge should be removed from the bench. This situation is appallingly wrong!

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    • It was his own son who opened the door. No one was trespassing.

      Read some real news – Life With Dogs is not reporting the truth.

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  5. The County should be charged of animal cruelty. what did the dogs do? if the teenagers did not trespass, they would not have been bitten by the dogs.

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  6. Can someone please refresh my memory as to what neanderthal county morons and state this occured in? This is not mentioned in the article anywhere.

    So, let me see if I have this correct. No one can have a dog protecting their property from illegal entry? We just let anyone enter our property and take anything they want and WE must pay the consequences for protecting our own property and if our dog bites the person entering illegally the county will extort more money from us?

    I signed the petition to save these dogs last December but was afraid to follow up as I was worried this backwards county would do exactly what they did. Where is the protection for the property owner. I guess if you shoot them with a gun that’s ok, that is allowable but if you dog protects against unauthorized entry that is different and requires to to pay a fine. Gee that makes a whole lot of sense. So where exactly do these country officials who wrote this genius law reside. Seeing as how illegal entry is the home owners problem

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    • Sorry, hit the send button too soon and made a lot typos. This story is maddening and I am having a really hard time trying to understand how this county got away with what looks like to me as a miscarriage of justice and extortion!

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  7. Everyone really needs to go to a real news site – Life With Dogs is not reporting this story responsibly. The girl did not trespass – she was there with the owner’s son in the front yard. He opened the door to his house to go inside and the dogs ran out and attacked the girl. She was bitten 200 times.

    All these angry posts aimed at the girl are wrong – she did nothing wrong. If you need to be angry at someone, direct your anger at the owner.

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    • Why would anger be directed at the owner? Dogs protecting property are doing their jobs. What should the dogs do when strangers open their door, offer valet service?

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      • It wasn’t a stranger who opened the door, it was the owner’s teenage son. He first told the girl to stay outside because his dad’s dogs “are mean”. She stayed outside and the dogs ran out and attacked her.

        I agree that is someone breaks into a home or actually trespasses and a dog attacks the dog is just doing what a dog does – protecting is territory. However that is not what happened here.

        Well socialized, trained dogs don’t run out and mail people. If my dogs get out when I open the door or when nu family members open the door to my house, they dont attack people. They greet them or maybe bark a bit.

        Sounds like theses dogs were not trained or socialized properly. So yes, the owner is at fault. Not the 15 year old girls that was NOT trespassing.

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