April 07, 2020

Dangerous dog charge denied by owner

CALAIS – A Charlotte woman who has been summoned and charged with keeping dangerous dogs made her first appearance in 4th District Court on Tuesday.

Valerie Fenderson entered a denial to the charge.

Her attorney Jeff Davidson of Cutler asked that a hearing on the matter be delayed until December, otherwise it would have been scheduled for next month.

When Davidson said he needed the judge to grant the right for him to conduct discovery in the case, Judge John Romei told him to file a motion.

Fenderson’s husband, Alan, did not appear Tuesday.

On Sept. 29, the couple paid $200 in court-imposed fines after they were summoned and charged with having dogs running at large and keeping unlicensed dogs.

Last month, the District Attorney’s Office filed documents in court that asked the judge to order the Fendersons, who own two huskies, to keep their dogs muzzled and confined to their home or have them euthanized. The dogs were seen attacking and killing 14 ewes, rams and lambs at a farm on Charlotte Road. A hearing on that request has been scheduled for Dec. 19.

On Aug. 5, the dogs reportedly slipped into the pasture at Done Roving Farm and Carding Mill. Nearly two dozen sheep belonging to Stephen and Paula Farrar were killed or maimed. The dogs, which had been reported roaming the area for weeks, were up to date on their rabies shots but were not licensed.

In the complaint on file with the court, the district attorney alleged that the dogs “without provocation … attacked, injured and killed domestic sheep” belonging to the Farrars and on the same date “menaced Lisa Edgerly and her two young children, forcing them to retreat into the safety of their home.”

The state also alleges that after those two attacks, the male husky bit the town’s animal control officer, Larry Colarusso, on both hands and on his left arm.

At first the Fendersons told Colarusso they would have the dogs euthanized, but later changed their minds.

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