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Dog Court: Trying to reverse the label of dangerous dogs

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Wednesday night, WWAY’s John Rendleman was in Brunswick County Dog Court for a follow-up on a case we first profiled earlier this month involving three American Eskimo dogs. They are accused of biting a neighbor on two different occasions. The dogs belong to Linda Janus and they have been labeled dangerous.

Linda does not believe her dogs are dangerous, while Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey disagrees. Yousey upheld Animal Control’s dangerous dog decision three weeks ago. Linda appealed the health director’s ruling – that is how she ended up in Dangerous Dog Appeals Court Wednesday night before the Brunswick County Environmental Health Committee.

Keith Cannon said he was bitten on the calf last year by one of Linda’s dogs; he is not alone. Harmon Kivett claims he was a bite victim as well. “One had me on top of the head…and he got my arm. There were 3 of them,” he said.

Linda Janus hired a Wilmington attorney to help her with Dog Court. When it was over the panel upheld the previous dangerous dog verdict. For Linda and her son, it was not a surprise. “They want to hear the bad stuff and that’s it. Their mind is made up, it’s a circus,” said Matt Janus.

Linda plans to appeal to superior court; they have the final say. After that, she runs out of appeals and her dogs will have to live with the dangerous dog label permanently.

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videoWednesday night, WWAY’s John Rendleman was in Brunswick County Dog Court for a follow-up on a case we first profiled earlier this month involving three American Eskimo dogs.

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