Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Town of Cheektowaga has ordered four dogs that were the subjects of a month-long aggressive dog hearing to be humanely euthanized, and the owner of those dogs has 30 days to appeal.
The dangerous dog hearing ended in town court on Thursday, November 8.
Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski deemed that four out of five dogs that resided at 808 Borden Road are dangerous, according to a news release from the Cheektowaga Police Department.
The town said additional aggravating factors led Justice Piotrowski to order that the four dogs be humanely euthanized.
Town prosecutor John Dudziak said about 10 people testified throughout the course of the hearing, some of whom were police others and others of whom were adults and children in the neighborhood. A witness described as an animal behavioral specialist said that many dogs together may revert to "pack mentality."
Cheektowaga law only allows three dogs per property, but according to Dudziak, 808 Borden is technically two properties, allowing owner Mohamed Khalil to have five dogs. Dudziak says he plans to revisit the code to see how the town can prevent this from happening in the future.
"We all ran into instances with [the dogs]. We've all had heartache. People have lost animals or gotten bitten. This is something that should have happened a long time ago," Charles Kegler, who lives on Castlewood, said.
In October, News 4 reported on a family puggle who was mauled to death by four large dogs that broke down a fence separating the two yards on Castlewood and Borden.
Neighbors have filed complaints about Khalil's dogs since 2013. Khalil's family said Thursday night they don't know yet if they'll appeal the town's decision.