Just when I thought that we had heard the last of the Congo vs. Rivera dog attack in Princeton, New Jersey, word of Congo attacking another innocent victim hits the news. Only this time, the dog’s unprovoked attack was on a family member. Apparently, the dog owner made the wise decision to euthanize Congo and three other dogs.
The dog owner still insists that the dogs did not bite his family member. But the police officer on the scene and the doctor attending the attack victim have a different report of the unprovoked attack. Detective Sgt. Ernie Silagyi said the police officers responding to the scene indicated there “were obvious dog bites.” The attending emergency room doctor said, “this was definitely dog bites, not scratches.”
Giovanni Rivera, a Honduran immigrant, was brutally attacked by a German shepherd named Congo and four of his pups while working at the dog owner’s home. Mr. Rivera received a $250,000 settlement for injuries caused by the attack through the representation of Kevin Riechelson. This case received national and international attention because it raised issues related to immigration. Read more about the Congo case