An 85-pound German shepherd has become the unlikely face of the immigration debate in upscale Princeton, N.J., after a judge ordered the dog to be put down for attacking an illegal immigrant last summer.
Thousands of people have flooded the Internet and even petitioned the governor to ask that Congo be spared for his attack on Honduran landscaper Giovanni Rivera, who was injured seriously in June and later awarded $250,000 in insurance money.
So wait...the man who wasn't even supposed to be in our country in the first place, not only doesn't get deported, but he gets paid?
Of course big media (ABC) only wants to use this as an example of how everyone is so intolerant and racist:
And while New Jersey Gov. John Corzine has denied calls for a pardon, some town residents are upset the illegal immigrant was allowed to collect monetary compensation for his injuries.
"Too bad Congo doesn't work on the border patrol," one resident wrote online. "Maybe there would be less illegals entering our country."
Another poster called Rivera "illegal scum."
Rivera has called the attacks racist and political.
Well...not exactly. See, Rivera ain't callin' the attacks anything at all since he don't habla so good and presumably he's busy spending his money. So he's having his attorney/spokeshole play the race card for him:
Of course there is more to this story than ABC wants you to know. For example, not only was Rivera not supposed to be in this country...he wasn't even supposed to be on the property that Congo was defending:
"We've created a subculture in this country right now. The illegal alien is like a subhuman and that's a dangerous precedent," said Rivera's attorney William Garces.
PRINCETON TOWNSHIP -- A family whose beloved German shepherd faces death for having led a dog attack on a landscaper is devastated by the news but vows to continue to fight to save him.
"He needs to come home," said Guy James, the Princeton homeowner who managed to call his dogs off the landscaper, but only after the worker was severely mauled in the June 5 attack.
The landscaper, Giovanni Rivera, has won a $250,000 insurance settlement as a result of serious injuries he sustained in the attack, which occurred when he and others disobeyed instructions from James not to get out of their car until Congo and several other dogs on the property could be sequestered for safety.
Rivera, a Trenton man, was on the 10-acre, fenced property on Stuart Road to do yard work. The landscaping crew had arrived before 7 a.m., about an hour before they were expected.
James, who was about to take a shower, called out a window to them in Spanish, telling them to get back in their car and wait because the dogs were in the backyard being fed.
Let's review. Rivera shows up an hour early with his crew and ignores the warnings of the property owner NOT to come onto the property. Isn't that trespassing?
But wait. This gets ridiculous. Turns out Rivera grabbed James' wife:
Those of you who have dogs at home as protection, please chime in. If a stranger grabs your spouse and throws her to the ground, don't you want your dog to attack? Or do dogs now have to go to tolerance training to learn not to attack illegal aliens?
Instead, Rivera and another worker got out of the car after a few minutes and the dogs began to bark. That worker began to hit the dogs with a metal rake and Elizabeth James, Guy James' wife, yelled for him to stop. Meanwhile, Rivera, who was afraid of the dogs, grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground, causing her to scream. At that point Congo began to bite and scratch Rivera and some of the puppies joined in.
Leave it to the James' 11-year old daughter to school the moron judge who has ordered Congo to the gallows:
Hannah James, 11, wrote a letter to Judge Russell Annich Jr. saying in part, "I am so upset seeing my dog locked up in jail for doing his job. When my friends are over they play with and around Congo and have no problems. I want you to know that this is coming from my heart and I mean it with all my heart and soul. Actually, my broken heart. We will never ever forget this for the rest of our lives. You have made the wrong decision in my eyes."