LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) - The owner of a pit bull blamed for an attack in Lackawannaappeared in court.
Marwan Taher made a stop at Lackawanna City Court where he facedharboring two dangerous dogs violations, and failing to licensethem. What shocked some was what they saw in his backseat.
Taher said, "That's one of my other dogs."
The two pit bulls in question remain at the Lackawanna DogPound. They have been quarantined since Tuesday after theyallegedly turned on the owner's sister and a neighbor. Taher stillisn't sure how they escaped from the backyard kennel.
"Somebody physically opened that cage. Who? I have no idea,"said Taher.
He claims the dogs, 4-year-old Flip and 1-year-old Balushi, areusually very friendly. The older one in particular was a hit withchildren.
Taher said, "Everyone knows Flip. He's very well known. Veryobedient."
The attack re-ignited the debate about whether pit bulls areproblematic. Taher insists he keeps his dogs in line. Lorey saidshe must admit, she was stunned at how sweet this one was.
"You have people that love pits, but you also have those whohate pit bulls no matter what they say, they hate pit bulls," saidTaher.
The husband of the woman that was bit told News 4 he now wantsboth dogs put down. The scene must have been frightening, even forresponding firefighters who showed us how they beat the dogs back.However, Taher's sister claims she never saw Flip hurt anyone.
Taher said, "I've never in four years heard or seen any accidentwith Flip. I have no problem putting Balushi down, he bit my sisterand the other victim."
We're told nothing will happen to the dogs until at least June10 when their owner returns to court with an attorney. Both womencontinue to recover at home.
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