Two women and their dog were being assaulted by two loose Rottweilers in Ridgefield Park, and the cops had to shoot and kill one of the dogs to save the others and the dog.
Officer Amanda Thomas arrived on Central Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. to find the two Rotts attacking one of the women. Chief Joseph Rella made the announcement on April 5.
The chief said that Officer Thomas “began administering aid to the woman without concern for her personal safety” as the enormous, scary dogs circled the scene and attempted to get back to the victim.
Rella stated that Officers Corey Buljeta and Lavrone Green prevented the dogs from approaching the victim as Thomas provided medical attention.
After exploring that area, the Rotts went to a nearby yard.
The chief said that the larger of the two dogs had begun to crawl beneath a privacy fence and had lifted it enough to get access to the fenced-in area. A second dog was immediately attacked, and the sound of the attack could be heard.
He said a local resident tried to save a dog and ended up getting assaulted herself.
Officer Kenneth Knebl, along with Buljeta and Green, responded to her shouts by hurrying over.
Rella stated that they discovered the woman lying on the ground while the Rottweiler tore her arm to shreds.
The chief stated that Knebl while standing on top of a fence, fired two shots from his service weapon in an attempt to subdue the aggressive dog.
He fired two shots, killing the Rott, who “let go,” rushed to the back of the enclosure, and collapsed there.
The first victim, the chief said, was treated by Lt. Brian Hippe, Detective Sgt. Robert Distasi, and Officer Darcy Rellinger. She had received significant injuries to her head, arms, legs, and body.
The second woman, he added, had puncture wounds on her left arm, and the other cops attended to her.
Rella stated that the two victims required hospitalization.
Evidence was being gathered by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification in the meantime.
The chief added that once the police contacted the owner of the dogs, the owner came to headquarters to get citations for having unlicensed pets and allowing them to roam freely.