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Three Dogs That Attacked Woman In 2010 Spared Euthanasia

Instead, the three Italian mastiffs that attacked an Avon Old Farms employee and her dog on the Farmington Valley Greenway trail will be separated and moved out of state.

Three dogs that police said attacked an employee and her dog on a bike trail on the Avon-Farmington town line last year were originally slated to be euthanized.

However, Italian mastiffs Emma, Bear and their mother Envy are alive and living in separate homes thanks to a woman who contacted Avon-Canton Officer Beverly LaPlume suggesting an alternative.

The woman, who is affiliated with the Cane Corso Association of America, offered to assess whether it would be safe to keep the dogs alive if they were separated and brought to rescue.

Farmington owner Annalea Badera refused the option at the beginning of what became about a year of hearings at the Department of Agriculture. She and her family appealed LaPlume's . The department commissioner upheld LaPlume's decision. 

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The situation came about after a – including two others in Farmington – within the span of four days. On Dec. 16, 2010, the mastiffs – running off-leash on the Farmington Valley Greenway – bit the ears and rear of a Weimaraner on the trail by Avon Old Farms, police said. One sunk its teeth into the Weimaraner owner's arm as Badera's father, Thomas – who was walking the dogs – tried to pry them off the Weimaraner, the victim told police. The Weimaraner escaped and the owner found her dog on her front lawn, bleeding. She sought medical treatment for her arm and the dog was stitched up at Animal General in Avon.

Thomas Badera, 53, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, three counts of allowing dogs to roam and the violation of three town ordinances, including laws pertaining to “nuisance dogs” and keeping dogs leashed.

When the mastiffs were surrendered, the dogs still showed aggression around other dogs and their "pack mentality" was hard to break, LaPlume previously said.

“Knowing how many incidents have taken place, we can’t release the dogs without a disposal order … because if we release them we’re putting residents at risk,” LaPlume previously told Patch.

The last time the town of Avon issued a disposal order was about six years ago.

Without the Baderas' consent to explore the option of giving the dogs to a canine rescue agency, the dogs were going to be put down, according to LaPlume. The Baderas' lawyer contacted Avon's town attorney soon before the mastiffs were going to be killed and asked if the offer to place the dogs in a rescue was still on the table.

Avon's town attorney contacted the woman associated with Cane Corso and asked her to come evaluate the dogs. She deemed it safe for the dogs to be kept alive but separated.

An out-of-state rescue placed the dogs in three separate rescue facilities, each in a different state outside of Connecticut, LaPlume said.

"From what I understand, the rescue organization was very responsible by getting the dogs spayed and neutered before they were placed in the three separate rescue organizations," LaPlume said.

LaPlume said that the rescues would then have qualified personnel reassess the dogs again before they're placed in permanent homes.

The surrendered dogs had been living separate in kennels for about a year before they were taken to their new homes.

Correction: An original version of the article reported that Beverly LaPlume contacted the woman from Cane Corso who reached out to her to make the arrangements. While LaPlume gave the contact information to Avon's town attorney, it was the town attorney that contacted the woman to arrange the assessment and placing the dogs in a rescue. The article also originally stated that the dogs were placed in three separate homes, but LaPlume clarified that the rescue organization placed them in three separate rescue facilities. The rescues will reassess the dogs before placing them in permanent homes. The article has been updated to reflect these corrections.

Sue Budde July 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The way I understand the story, the dogs were aggressive because they were in a "pack" and displaying "pack mentality". The professional who evaluated them determined they would not be dangerous if taken out of their "pack". Kudos to Beverly and the woman from Cane Corso for finding a way to help these dogs. As for the woman who previously owned these dogs and her father, shame on you for being unable to properly train or control these dogs. As dog owners it's your responsibility to make sure these things don't happen.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Karen, I can ask to see if they're available. Here's a link to two of my previous stories for a more detailed description of the three incidents: http://patch.com/A-dxYt and http://patch.com/A-hmlH
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 03:51 PM
All great points, Karen. I will look into it!
Linda Michaelson August 01, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Wow....and when were you working animal control? Avon animal control is always very diligent in their work and placement of dogs. Did you meet these dogs? Did you evaluate them for placement or disposal? Just stick to training dogs and leave the important stuff up to the experts.
Janice F. August 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
It seems to me that Karen wants more "facts" about something that is really none of her business. I personally made a few phone calls which is something she could have done and discovered that any liability if any would NOT fall on the town of Avon. I also learned that a lot went into this decision and that the best decision was made for "all" concerned. There is a reason ACO La Plume has been ACO for as many years as she has. She has saved the town a great deal of money and placed numerous dogs into happy loving homes. I had occasion to meet her a few times and was tremendously impressed! Perhaps Karen has a grudge for some reason against this ACO?? Whatever the reason it shouldn't be taken up here, but her tone certainly conveys that perception. In addition, I work with numerous individuals in the dog training industry and have had numerous complaints about Secret Lake Dog Training. Perhaps if Karen were busy with her business and so sought after, she'd have less time to spend here.
Janice F. August 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Like most of the information you feel entitled to on most Patch articles, Karen, my last name is irrelevant and also none of your business. Anyone can check with the state and even online sites to validate business complaints, your business and others alike. If nothing to hide, why suddenly the need to take it offline?! All will readily notice how you had no comment as to your issue with Avon's ACO and as suspected, were quick to reply. Another slow day for your business, perhaps.
Melvin Rutgers August 01, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Janice does make some very valid points here folks. The Patch shouldn't be used as a vehicle for promoting one's business or tooting one's own horn as Mrs. Moulton appears to be doing. Many of her past posts intertwine who she is and what she does. If you want to promote your business, take out an ad. I am also curious how someone with a business has so much time to spend on the Patch. Perhaps Mrs. Mounton is such a good trainer she is able to tell her dogs "sit Rover while I go check the Patch again". Bottom line here is that the dogs were placed and measures taken to insure all t's were crossed and i's dotted. End of discussion.
J.M. Lafayette August 01, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The Volcano Has Erupted!!!!
Chris Kelley August 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I'm sure the ACO that recommended you wasn't from Avon since you seem to have an issue with from your previous posts with her. I'm guessing you applied for the job and got turned down? How else would you know about the hiring/bidding process? You seem to have no trouble "personally attacking" the experience and decision of others yet get very defensive when someone questions your experience. Perhaps if YOU didn't have anything to hid this wouldn't be such a sore spot with you. If I recall your business used to be elsewhere but they didn't want you there so you moved into a corner in another town. I have to agree with the others here. Someone with as much experience as you tout would be very busy and not spending so much time crabbing about the decisions made by real professionals..
Amy Lafayette August 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
@ Karen J. Moulton: Someone needs to really get this woman off of the Patch! She seems to be out for blood, and if anyone so much as disagrees with her, she's stages an attack. Now she's going after some dentist that has nothing to do with my husband. Yes, Karen, J.M. Lafayette is my HUSBAND. Not the dentist you decided it was after your poorly executed search of the internet. No wonder people use initials and no last name. You seem to stalk anyone who doesn't share your warped view of the world.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Folks, please refrain from personal attacks and be civil to one another. Any comments that violate this will be removed. Thank you, Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Amy Lafayette August 02, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Jessie, can something be done to remove this woman from the Patch? If you look at her comments from other articles, the minute someone so much as disagrees with her, she launches an attack. She really doesn't have anything of substance to add to any of the discussions and is basically stalking others. Anything you can do to put a stop to her behavior would be greatly appreciated.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Amy, thank you for reaching out. I can't fault a commenter for disagreeing with other commenters, however, I will remove comments that violate our terms of use and contain personal attacks. http://avon.patch.com/terms I've already had to remove a couple. Again everyone, please be respectful to one another and try to say on topic in the comments.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM
The following corrections have been made to this story: An original version of the article reported that Beverly LaPlume contacted the woman from Cane Corso who reached out to her to make the arrangements. While LaPlume gave the contact information to Avon's town attorney, it was the town attorney that contacted the woman to arrange the assessment and placing the dogs in a rescue. The article also originally stated that the dogs were placed in three separate homes, but LaPlume clarified that the rescue organization placed them in three separate rescue facilities. The rescues will reassess the dogs before placing them in permanent homes. The article has been updated to reflect these corrections.
Karen's Dog Training Blog August 02, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thanks for the update - if the Town Attorney approved it, then bases were covered by a legal expert.
christiane obrien August 06, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Ditto - that is all I have to say - couldn't agree more

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