Chicken-killing dogs’ owners fined

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Joel Davidson at the court bench with Hampton Judge Darlene Sady listening to members of Blaise and Jones families speak.

After 13 tickets were issued following the death of 32 chickens and a driver was forced off Lee Road in Granville by a chasing dog, a Granville couple was fined and given strict parameters to follow in regard to four dogs that were, and some that still are, on their property.

Hampton Town Judge Darlene Sady issued Joel and Lisa Davidson $525 in fines for allowing their dogs to run at large, to chase a motor vehicle (both on multiple instances and $25 for each instance), and a dangerous dog ticket for $350, all tickets issued by Granville Dog Control Officer Nancy Quell.

Davidson, a former sergeant in the Vermont State Police, and his wife Lisa, a Granville High School science teacher and former president of the teachers’ union, were given 60 days to pay the fines.

“I would treat this as a violation (allowing to run at large and to chase a vehicle) the way I would if someone gets a motor vehicle ticket. I combine the tickets,” Sady said.

The court case was assigned to the town of Hampton by Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan following the recusal of both Granville Town Judges, Roger Forando and Paul Manchester.

Quell added that Davidson had attempted to register two of his dogs at the Granville Town Offices an hour-and-a-half prior to the original court date on March 7 but was denied due to a rabies specification.

A Bull Terrier belonging to the Davidsons’ children in California was the culprit in the chicken deaths that happened on three separate instances.

The property the bull terrier crossed over to and killed the chickens is owned by Andrew Zovistoski and rented by Jake and Amanda Blaise. Amanda Blaise had her parents, Lloyd and Kim Jones, in attendance with video footage of the dog’s actions that was presented to Sady.

From left: Jake and Amanda Blaise, Kim and Lloyd Jones speaking to Joel Davidson, Hampton Judge Darlene Sady and Granville dog control officer Nancy Quell on May 5.

On the third instance, Davidson’s wife, Lisa, was shown on footage retrieving the bull terrier on the Blaise property. The Blaise and Jones families said Lisa Davidson did not notify them of the occurrence and Joel Davidson said he was unaware this happened.

No restitution was sought by the Blaise and Jones families for the chicken killings, although $500 has been spent on new chickens and an electric fence around the coop.

The biggest thing for us was he (Davidson) thought we were looking for money. I want the dogs away from my grandchildren,” Lloyd Jones said.

After the bull terrier was deemed a “dangerous dog” by Sady, Davidson was given one week to prove the dog is with Davidson’s son in California and not on his property. The “dangerous dog” designation will follow the bull terrier wherever it goes.

From left: Granville dog control officer Nancy Quell, her husband Ed, Joel Davidson and Kim Jones reviewing footage of the chicken killings with Hampton Judge Darlene Sady.

“That dog is dangerous,” Sady said after viewing footage of the chickens being killed by the bull terrier on a tablet.

“To chickens,” Davidson replied.

“That dog is a danger. Just because it didn’t cross over to the children, it has the potential,” Quell said.

Davidson later said to Sady: “This bull terrier has a glitch when it comes to chickens and water sprinklers. It just goes crazy.”

A white Shiba Inu belonging to Davidson’s daughter in New York City who moved from Houston was caught on camera trying to join the bull terrier in killing the chickens but couldn’t clear the fence.

The “teacup-sized dog,” as described by Davidson, was also caught on video chasing a car driven alongside Lee Road by Priscilla Brown, of Granville. Davidson told Sady that Brown was speeding on Lee Road and that the dogs don’t approach the vehicles unless they stop because they think the operator is stopping to give them a treat.

The shiba inu was ordered to be fenced in or leashed at all times and a one-month time frame was issued to license the dog in the town of Granville or give it back to the daughter in New York City where it was registered.

The Davidsons also have two Border Collies described as “farm dogs,” for which he did not have proof of licensure for one of the canines.

Davidson was given one month to show proof of licensure of one border collie. According to Sady, the other border collie had proof of licensure.

Brown said one of the border collies got close to her vehicle on Lee Road forcing her to swerve off the road into a ditch so she didn’t hit the dog. The Blaise family had video evidence of the border collies running along the roadway as well.

Sady added that if the instances continue, the fines will become steeper.

“The dogs just can’t be running loose like that,” Sady said.