2002-02-02 / Front Page

Second Owner Arrested in Dog Attack

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

A second man has been arrested and charged in the vicious boardwalk dog attack that occurred on December 26, according to police sources.

Tony Jobs, 50, of 7600 Shore Front Parkway, was arrested by police of the 100 Precinct and charged with failure to control a dog, a violation of the city code. Jobs is the manager of the Claddagh INN, a soup kitchen on Beach 73 Street. Witnesses had told police and The Wave at the time of the attack that the dogs in question could often be seen at the Claddagh.

Police say that Jobs owns two of the five dogs involved in the December attack in which Lev Lieberman, a 74-year-old retired engineer was brutally attacked. Lieberman was left barely recognizable by the attack and his arm was virtually ripped from his body by the five dogs. He remains in critical condition in a Staten Island burn center.

Marlene Filsaime, who saw the attack on Lieberman and attempted to chase the dogs away was attacked as well. She was recently released from Jamaica Medical Center, where she was treated for numerous dog bites.

The first suspect arrested, Wilfredo Velez, 47, has admitted to owning one of the other dogs in the attack. Velez lived in an empty lot nearby the Claddagh INN. He was released from jail earlier this month because he had already served more than 20 days, the maximum penalty allowed for the crimes with which he was charged. Those charges included failure to restrain a dog, failure to control a dog and failure to vaccinate a dog for rabies.

The dogs – two pit bulls, two rottweilers and a german shepherd mix are being held at a Brooklyn shelter. They will not be put down while the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Since the attack, police and animal control officers have been active in the community, rounding up strays and taking them off the peninsula.

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