In Princeton, New Jersey, the dog is King. Not for loyalty or companionship. But for attacking a Honduran lanscaper. Apparently, for certain segments of those in Princeton, the great injustice is not that the eighty-five pound German shepherd has been sentenced to die, but that the dog didn’t kill the Honduran landscaper. Reports say that efforts are being made by the local board to curb the immigrant population through directed shootings and dog attacks. New Jersey economists insist that it will increase property values, descrease the price of gasoline, and help with the war on terror.
My goodness. Can you beleive this crap?
A Landscaper Is Mauled, and an Outpouring of Sympathy Goes to the Dog
By SARAH KERSHAW
It’s man versus beast in Princeton, and the town is in an uproar over a dog on death row. The curious case of Congo, an 85-pound German shepherd sentenced to die for attacking a Honduran landscaper, is making its way through New Jersey’s courts. Protesters have packed the courtrooms here and have staged rallies waving signs that say “Free Congo!” And the landscaper, Giovanni Rivera, who suffered a six-inch bite wound and other injuries, has been vilified by some of the dog’s supporters in this well-to-do Ivy League town, who have been sending newspapers and blogs angry anti-immigrant slurs.
“The dog deserves an award,” said one posting to The Princeton Packet Web site. “One less Mexican alien is a boost to society.”
State Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen, a Democrat from Union, has introduced legislation, which he calls Congo’s Law, that could spare the life of Congo and other dogs in similar situations by giving judges more discretion in meting out punishment.
And now, thousands of people from Princeton and elsewhere are petitioning the governor for a pardon. (There is precedent for such things in New Jersey.)